Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Finley to the Champs

Finley will be eating a Spurs jersey this season

Marc Stein from ESPN is reporting that the race for Michael Finley is finally over with the San Antonio Spurs coming out on top. Finley chose the Spurs over more money from both Miami and Phoenix for what will surely be his best chance at a title. The length of the deal has yet to be determined but it is believed that the former Mav will earn in the neighborhood of $2.5 million this season. Instead of ranting and raving about how much better this makes the defending champs, instead I will focus on the teams Finley hurt the most with his decision.

1. Phoenix
After trading Quentin Richardson and losing Joe Johnson to the Hawks, the Suns were in desperate need of a perimeter player. Right now Raja Bell and Jim Jackson are the only viable options at the 2 and 3 spots, leaving a gapping hole for a team that made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals a season ago. With Finley, one could argue that Phoenix may have had a better chance at the Spurs this season, with a more defensive-minded team that now includes Bell and Kurt Thomas. But instead, the Suns are just one Steve Nash back injury away from heading back to the lottery.

2. Minnesota
Let's face it, the Wolves need all the help they can get. I think with Finley, Minnesota could have legitimally made it back to the Playoffs. But without him they will need a fabulous rookie campaign from Rashad McCants and injury-free years from both Wally Szcerbiak and Marko Jaric. Translation: there's a better chance of seeing Magic Johnson in a porno movie.

3. Detroit
With both Indiana and Miami seemingly much improved from a year ago, Detroit was anxious to make a move to bolster their bench. Finley, averaging 25-30 minutes off the pine, could have supplied that extra push the Pistons desperately need to get back to the Finals. Right now in my book, they're the 3 seed.

4. Miami
Not effected in any way.


At 1:36 PM, Anonymous xcell67 said...

[i]But instead, the Suns are just one Steve Nash back injury away from heading back to the lottery.[/i]

I guess you've never heard of Amare.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Yo think Amare and Marion can get the Suns to the Playoffs alone? As good as Stoudemire may be, he's still pretty weak on the defensive end, as witnessed in the WCF. While I hope Nash has an injury free 05-06 season, it's hard for me to see this team making it to the postseason without him. Sorry xCell

At 2:10 AM, Blogger michael said...

by the way, its affected

At 6:26 AM, Anonymous rom said...

I have to agree with Ant, Nash does all the creation in phoenix, if he's gone they have trouble to create good shots.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Anthony Peretore said...

Sorry dude. I had Mrs. Vermilya for english during that affected vs. effected lesson. She's the equivalent of watching Lee Corso on ESPN. If you listen for more than 10 minutes either a vein in your brain ruptures or you immediate fall asleep. I'm telling you, it was brutal. Thanks for the tip

Have a good weekend

At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i had mrs. vermilya too. what a bitch. after class, we'd all say the same thing: no wonder her husband left her. although you got to give her credit for being the first (and second) teacher i've ever heard swearing at a student.


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