Michael Finley is old. Ancient. He’s older than Kevin Garnett, older than Rasheed Wallace, and sometimes — especially when playing defense — seems older than Doc Rivers.
Finley says a lot of his teammates joke him that they used to watch him play when they were in grade school, but Rajon Rondo says he watched Finley even before that. (NBA Fanhouse)
“I’ve heard all the jokes that I’m the oldest guy on the team, and that Rasheed (Wallace) and Kevin (Garnett) are not the oldest anymore,” Finley said.
Some of those jokes come from Wallace, 35, and Garnett, soon to be 34, who realize there aren’t a lot of guys who can make them seem young. And some come from other Boston players.
“He is one of those guys who I first saw play when I was in diapers,” said guard Rajon Rondo, 24.
Apparently, Rondo was still in diapers when he was nine years old, when Finley first started his NBA career 15 seasons ago.
No matter how old he is, Finley has been good for the Celtics.
“He gives us a lot more versatility,” said guard Ray Allen. “When I come out, there’s not really a drop-off from a shooting perspective. … (Opposing players would say before) when I came out that, ‘I get to rest before Ray comes back.’ Now, they got to see Finley. That’s not easy for anybody.”
Ray, take it easy. Something tells me players are still exhaling at the sight of #40 coming into the game. He’s been good, but not that good.