David West Proves Winning is What is Important


The man was AP player of the year in college while playing for Xavier. He was a giant force for the Pacers, and a reason they went to back to back Eastern Conference Finals.

Now West is turning down over $12 million to play for his chance to get past the conference finals and win a Championship with the Spurs.

West has signed for the vet minimum, which is about $1.4 million, and since the Spurs added Portland’s big man, Aldridge, they seem the favorite to win it all next year.

Well maybe at least in the top 3 of favorites with Golden State still in the reigning champ, and now Oklahoma City is healthy. Plus that Lebron guy in Cleveland…So maybe not the all out favorite, but they have a pretty solid chance.

The main statement of West leaving about $11 million on the table to play for a championship should be a major shot at the Pacers and Larry Bird. Indianapolis and San Antonio are both small markets, both former ABA teams, and it proves that the Pacers won’t be a winner anytime soon while the Spurs are the spot to go win a ring.

West is 35 now, and a long ways away from his AP player of the year days at Xavier. He is still a great pick up for the Spurs, and in any other non-Aldridge year would be a cover story.

The Pacers and Bird did pick up Monta Ellis, a player who can score the rock but not much else.

Written by Catfish Hughes

Catfish Hughes

Frank “Catfish” Hughes has been called, “Bob Knight’s Baby with Hip Hop that covers sports.” and “the future of sports writing!” He is an official member of the NSSA & USBWA. Catfish covers the Los Angeles Angeles as the official East Coast Voice of the Lakers, and owns the NBA media outlet, WickedJumpShot.com and was the host of Thru the Wire Sports Talk Radio which aired on both ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio. Catfish is the head editor and chief here at the Boxing Globe. @CatfishHughes on twitter.