Michael Howard Finley is an American professional basketball player who is a member of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. 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, and Finley was named to the all-tournament team. Finley’s teammates included future NBA draftees Sherell Ford and Donnie Boyce.
The 6′ 7″ shooting guard/small forward was originally drafted out of University of Wisconsin-Madison by the Phoenix Suns as the 21st overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. Finley held the all-time scoring record at Wisconsin for eleven years, but was passed by Alando Tucker on March 10, 2007. At Wisconsin, his nickname was ‘Shooter’.
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, making eight of nine attempts. He eclipsed the previous record of 7 set by teammate Bruce Bowen in 2003.
Finley won an NBA championship in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs in his 12th NBA season. He was given the “game ball” by his teammates, and specifically mentioned in post-game interviews by Robert Horry and Tim Duncan. Out of the original Trio from the Dallas Mavericks, he became the first to achieve a title, surpassing the 2006-07 NBA MVP, Nowitzki and previous two-time winner, Nash.
While still with the Mavericks, Finley appeared on the famous prank show Punk’d, with Dirk Nowitzki as the subject of the practical joke. In that episode, Finley and Nowitzki are eating dinner in a restaurant when a boy recognizes Nowitzki and asks him to autograph ridiculous amounts of merchandise (Nowitzki signs two-three Lakers hats and a LeBron James jersey).
Michael also gave of his time to be involved in the “Pirate Pride” project.