Michael Finley Biography
Michael Finley is an American retired professional basketball player. Currently, he is a film producer and also Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks. He played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association.
Michael Finley Age
He was born on March 6, 1973, in Melrose Park, Illinois, United States of America. His full name is Michael Howard Finley. His zodiac sign is not disclosed yet. As per his wiki, he holds American nationality and belongs to white American ethnicity. The exact age of the actor is not mentioned. He is forty-six years of age as of 2019.
Michael Finley Body Measurements
He stands at a height of 6 feet 7 inches (201cm) and has a weight of 225 lbs (102kg). His tall body has a dark skin tone with black short hair and black eyes.
Michael Finley Early Life
Finley attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, graduating in 1991. In Finley’s senior season, Proviso East won the 1991 IHSA class AA boys basketball tournament. Additionally, Finley was named to the all-tournament team.
Finley began playing basketball in elementary school. His favorite player was Michael Jordan and he would occasionally go to Chicago Bulls games. He majored in business management at Wisconsin. Finley attended the same high school as current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
Michael Finley Wife
Finley is a happily married man. He is happily married to the love of his life Rebekah Hosey. The couple has been able to maintain their marriage life by keeping the marriage life off the public sphere. Due to this, we have not acquired any contrivances concerning their marriage.
Michael Finley Phoenix Suns
Finley was named to the 1995–96 NBA All-Rookie First Team. Additionally, he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting after averaging fifteen points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He became only the third rookie in Suns history to score over 1,000 points in a season.
Despite playing all 82 games in his rookie season, Finley was injured on the final day of the regular season and did not play in the playoffs. He was traded by the Suns on December 26, 1996, to the Dallas Mavericks along with Sam Cassell, A. C. Green and a second-round draft pick for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas, and Loren Meyer.
Michael Finley Dallas Mavericks
In his first season with the Mavericks, Finley led the team in scoring, assists, and steals. Along with point guard Steve Nash and forward Dirk Nowitzki, he became an integral part of the Mavericks’ the late ’90s “run and gun” offense.
In 2000, he was selected to represent the Western Conference in the 2000 All-Star Game, in which he scored eleven points. On January 23, 2001, Finley tied an NBA record by recording eight steals in one half of a game. In 2001, he was again selected to represent the Western Conference on All-Star weekend.
He played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship, which lost a record-three game and failed to win a championship for the first time in a major competition since FIBA opened international competitions to NBA players.
While Finley began to play more of a supporting role (small forward) as he aged and teammate Dirk Nowitzki blossomed. He remained a clutch player for the Mavericks. In 2005, he was waived by Dallas to avoid luxury taxes (as part of the league’s new labor agreement) on his 51.8 million US$ salary over the next three years.
Finley became an unrestricted free agent and after being pursued by Detroit, Miami, Minnesota, and Phoenix, he elected to remain in Texas with the San Antonio Spurs.
Michael Finley San Antonio Spurs
In San Antonio he adapted well to a secondary role as Manu Ginóbili’s backup, developing and emphasizing his outside shooting. The Spurs were knocked out of the 2006 NBA Playoffs by his former team one year after he made the switch. During the series, Finley was punched below the belt by former teammate Jason Terry during Game 5. Due to this Terry earned a suspension for the next game of the series.
In the fifth and final game of San Antonio’s first-round series against Denver in 2007, Finley set the Spurs’ record for three-point field goals in a playoff game. He eclipsed the previous record of seven set by teammate Bruce Bowen in 2003. Finley won his only NBA championship in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs in his 12th NBA season.
At Finley’s request, the Spurs bought out the final year of his contract and waived him on March 1, 2010, freeing him to sign with another team.
Michael Finley Boston Celtics
On March 4, 2010, Finley reached a verbal agreement with the Boston Celtics to join the team for the remainder of the 2009–10 season. He signed with the Celtics on March 6, 2010. The Celtics would reach the 2010 NBA Finals but would lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. At the end of the season, Finley announced he would retire.
Michael Finley Films
Finley was one of the producers of the films Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Birth of a Nation
Michael Finley Foundation
The Michael Finley Foundation is dedicated to providing young people with academic, emotional, and physical wellness programs. This inspires confidence and empowers personal and professional success.
The former NBA champion founded G.I.F.T.4.S in July 2017 with 18 families; today, the Academy has 42 families. The program strives to uplift young people in the community to a place where success. Also, it provides leadership and familiar ideas in their lives. It is more than a student academy; it is a family endeavor.
Every year this foundation carries out the Michael Finley Foundation Charity Poker Challenge. All proceeds will benefit G.I.F.T.4.S. Giving Individuals Fundamental Tools 4 Success, the flagship program of The Michael Finley Foundation (TMFF).