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Michael Finley to the Spurs

The best team in the NBA just got even better with the addition of prized free agent Michael Finley. I had a gut feeling that somehow he’d end up choosing the Spurs over the other teams, mainly because it has the best chance of winning another NBA championship within the next few years. Sure, Miami and Detroit will contend in the East, but realistically, can either of them match up with the Spurs?

Some thoughts:

- Even if Shaq decides to go on a rampage and leads Miami to a championship next year, will he be able to do it 2 or 3 years in a row? With the Spurs, they’ve got a core team that’s still quite young and can afford Finley more shots at the championship than Miami.

- Will Antoine Walker and Jason Williams play nice and fit in to the Miami system? Those two can be trouble on and off the court.

- Can Detroit beat the Spurs in a 7 game series? Yes, they play tough on both ends of the court, and could’ve won if they had home court advantage. But is it possible for them to get home court advantage? The Spurs have a virtual lock on the West, nobody can touch them, while in the East, Detroit will have to tackle Miami and Indiana for best record. Even harder to get the best record for the whole NBA.

I believe Finley made the right decision. After all, he’s still making $52 Million for the next 3 years, that’s just over $17 M per year. What does salary have to do with anything anymore. He calculated where the best chance was for winning and went for it. I say good for him.

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