RICH MAN, POOR PLAY
Philadelphia 76ers forward Chris Webber may be far off his career averages at 11.0 points and 8.3 rebounds before Friday, but he is the second-highest-paid player in the NBA this season.
Webber, with career averages of 21.4 points and 10.0 rebounds, earns $20.7 million, behind only Minnesota's Kevin Garnett ($21 million).
Finley's total includes $16.1 million from Dallas, which waived him last year.
The change from the microfiber ball back to the leather one on New Year's Day will be strangest for the Boston Celtics, the only team that plays today and on the day of the change.
Since shoot-arounds are rare on mornings of the second games of back-to-backs, they will have little time to adjust.
"It's just like the park," Coach Doc Rivers said. "That's what it's going to feel like. Whoever brings the ball on Jan. 1, that's the one we're going to play with."
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-- PAUL NETTER