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Shane Battier
Shane Battier
Position: None
Born: 09/09/78
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Shane Battier is coming back to Memphis. No, not to run for mayor or anything. To join the raucous good fun at Staxtacular, the shindig Shane and Heidi Battier — along with Brian Cardinal and his wife, Danielle — started 13 years ago to raise money for the Stax Music Academy. Q: How do you feel about coming back? Shane Battier: “We’re excited. Memphis will always hold a very special place in our hearts, it’s where we broke into the NBA, where we started our adult life, where we made many friendships that we still hold dear today. The NBA world is transient. After being in the league for 15, 16 years, when you find deep relationships, you treasure them. We love Memphis, we will always be Memphians even though we live in Miami now. It will be a real treat to come back.”
Q: You and Pau Gasol joined the Grizzlies as rookies in 2001. Does that feel like a lifetime ago? Shane Battier: In many regards, it does. In other regards, it feels like yesterday. I have a picture of me and Pau, I think on our first day, on media day. Pau was absolutely baby-faced. We didn’t know anything. Not that we know anything now, but we really didn’t know anything then. Obviously, Pau has gone on to win multiple championships, he’ll be a Hall-of-Famer, and I guess I did OK, too.” Q: Back then, did you know Pau was going to be this good? Shane Battier: “No doubt. He was special. The first time I played against him, it was at Rhodes College in a pickup-up game, we were playing on the side hoops. We were playing against Big Country. And he kicked Big Country’s butt. This kid was unlike anything I’d ever seen, his length, his touch, his athleticism. I’m proud of him. He’s had a tremendous career.”
The former Miami Heat forward who was part of the franchise’s last two NBA championships and now serves as a member of the front office in charge of analytics surprised 21 high school sophomores at Miami Central High with fully paid four-year college scholarships. The scholarships require the students graduate high school with at least a 2.5 GPA, stay out of trouble and participate in his Battier’s new GUIDE program, which assigns students to college mentors they must meet with twice a month.