Various sources have reported that the Pistons have signed Dale Davis, which means two things:

- our hero is again relegated to the end of the bench. We all know that Pound for Pound doesn't like to play young players, but is that also true of Flip? Maybe it's not a coincidence that the Wolves just signed all those young guys. But, you don't sign Dale Davis if you're not going to play him, and if you're Dale Davis, you don't sign with a team that isn't going to give you some PT. It looks like he's primed to take over those Elden Campbell minutes backing up the Wallaces and the Diceman. So much for all the talk that Darko was finally going to be freed this season.

- Finley is going to Miami. It's been speculated that Fin was down to the Pistons and the Heat, and now Detroit can't afford to sign him. I still don't understand why players do this. Why go to a team with D-Wade, Antoine Walker, and James Posey when you could be starting for Western Conference contenders in Denver or Phoenix? I know that I argued (in these here comments) that the Heat's offseason moves have made them the favorites in the East, but it's not like they're guaranteed a championship all of a sudden. That's a whole lot of new pieces to integrate into a team. If it were me, I'd rather get mine on a likely playoff team and see what happens. But, then again, I'm not a thirty-two year old NBA veteran; I'm a twenty-nine year old overeducated library clerk. What the fuck do I know?


At 8/23/2005 1:22 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

re: Miami Heat. does anyone remember the 2003-2004 Lakers? how about the two-toine experiment in Dallas? fine, shaq commands respect, but he can't clear clutter with his bare hands. there is no one left on that roster, aside from haslem, whose game could ever be fit into a role player niche.

re: Finley not going to the Suns. He must have known, as I woke up this morning sadly assured of, that the party is over. I said it last month, but still wanted to believe that something would remain flickering. no dice. this is the amare-nash show, we're just living in it. if they're still remotely as successful next year, it's because Amare has exploded into one of those "margin of error" superstars, who can cover for a seemingly endless amount of tactical/personel missteps.

re: tiger woods. since i have to start playing golf when i eventually follow the recluse into the legal profession, can someone explain to me what everyon in the media means about tiger "having to root against himself" if he'd stuck around at the PGA? it's driving me crazy, and you people are all i have!!!!!!!

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At 8/23/2005 1:40 PM, Blogger Ken said...

Finley is getting old, he doesn't need to start- everybody knows his game. He can be part of a memorable (maybe champion)team. Reporters, like Charley Rosen, treat 6th men on championship teams as "integral parts" and treat good players who never won, like Barkley as "underachievers" and "losers". Remember these are the guys who write books about the league so have a big part in determining a players legacy.

Miami can pay him 5 mil per year, to play with Shaq and D-wade in the sunshine. Why would Finley choose to go play with Carmelo and that asshole K-Mart over Miami.

Finley is still getting payed by Cuban, and there was a rumor that he'd pay him his money faster if he went to a team outside the conference.

At 8/23/2005 2:05 PM, Anonymous brickowski said...

nobody takes charley rosen seriously. who does he even write for now? foxsports? but that "most overrated" article was infuriating, especially calling a 6'5 fatman who dominated the 4 spot overrated.

does anyone else think this finley thing has gotten completely outta control? Miami has put up flags of Finley in a Heat jersey around the city. i understand this red carpet treatment for a shaq, duncan or kidd, but michael finley? he was never a superstar and now he ain't even the two time all-star he once was.

wow, micro laptops, rose growth and couples help on the same day? ya'll blowin up.

At 8/23/2005 2:09 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

FINLEY COME HOME (to the Bulls, that is...)

At 8/23/2005 2:32 PM, Anonymous Brickowski said...

Finley to Miami could clear the way for the Spree to the D movement that would make Darko-ites so happy. Don't the Pistons still have half of their MLE? Would Spree consider taking that? I know baby gotta eat andeverything.

There's also an outside chance of Spree coming to San Antonio for a hilarious new sitcom. He and Pop have always been fond of one another since their Golden State days, but that PJ obstacle seems pretty significant.

At 8/23/2005 2:47 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

Sprewell to the Spurs = Dillon to the Patriots = Spurs Repeat.

At 8/23/2005 3:12 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

spree and finley are weird to me. . both far from done, but clearly no longer meant to be stars. finley's still perfectly athletic and plays that way, but isn't consistenly able to make that game work.

spree's got a little more wear on him, and has drifted out to the perimeter more than he used to, but that chip on his shoulder makes his outside game the chemistry equivalent of finley's more reasonable "younger" game.

remember, i don't know shit about the game itself, but it's clear to me that spree and finley are in transition as players, and as a franchise you'd have to decide to use them on one side of the veil or the other. you might be wasting them if you asked them to be "vets," but they probably can't play a pivotal role on a nightly basis.

the dillion analogy doesn't make sense because all dillion did with the pats was have the best year of his career. they needed a serious back to complete their equation; on the field, he was still close to the man; all he had to do was be as decent a person and teammate as anyone (minus T.O.) would be on an NFL dynasty.

i think it would be another sheed to detroit.

and i like that one of our noble admins saw fit to remove the data search and carpaint spams, but that the "i have a blog on roses!!" post just might have been real.

At 8/23/2005 7:12 PM, Anonymous illwafer said...

in my opinion, finley would be dumb not to sign with miami. more money for playing less minutes...and playing in the east? *yes the east is still the east*

he is already paid, so why wear out your body if you don't have to.

as far as finley vs spree goes...i'd take finley in a heartbeat. spree's errant shot is now even worse than before, and he can't make it up with his speed/slashing/dunking prowess anymore. finley gives you no baggage, a better jumpshot, and more athletic ability. no brainer.

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