The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Holy Fashmoli Crap!

Michael Finley has signed with the Spurs! I honestly thought we had no way of grabbing him with the Big Fatty down in Miami offering twice as much, Steve Nash wanting him in Phoenix, and all the other teams in the mix.

The team that won the Michael Finley Sweepstakes is the same team that just won an NBA championship.

Finley told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he has chosen to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, spurning a richer offer from the Miami Heat and the lure of an emotional return to the Phoenix Suns to reunite with close friend Steve Nash.

The Dallas Mavericks tried for weeks to move Finley to an Eastern Conference team to prevent him from joining the Spurs or the Suns. When it couldn't swing a trade before the Aug. 15 deadline to exercise the NBA's new amnesty clause, Dallas reluctantly waived the two-time All-Star, making Finley an unrestricted free agent and the target of an intense two-week courtship that also involved the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Miami's Pat Riley, Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett were among the big names to fly to Chicago last week to make face-to-face pitches to Finley. In the end, he went with the team that sent a one-man delegation -- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich -- to Finley's hometown.

Hear that guys, we sent one guy, Pop, and we landed the man. If anybody out there even has a question about what franchise is THE franchise in the league right now, all you need to do is point them to this. This is the most loaded Spurs team in my 24 years on this planet. Expectations are going to be at an all-time high. Pop's gonna need to figure out how to manage everyone's egos and minutes.

You know what though, whatever. Let's go out and win another championship.