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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.
Carmelo Anthony hated Battier and he had good reason. Battier had tremendous success against Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant during his career (yet oddly struggled against Jason Richardson) and at least one of his superstar opponents took offense. Battier recalled how much opponents hated going against him, whether it be due to disrespect or dread. “The looks of disdain I got from Carmelo Anthony every time,” Battier recalled. “I didn’t even try to shake his hand.”
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Battier managed to pull off the feat while also feeding his teammates bits of information here and there. The former Heat forward said he would give teammates “a baby spoon of data and they’d taste it and say, ‘Hey, it’s not bad. What else do you got?'” Battier said he stopped short of telling players like LeBron James what to do, but he would give tips such as what shoulder an opponent prefers to shoot over. “He’d have some success and you’d see him a little more open to the information,” Battier said.
While he admitted having difficulty guarding the game’s elite scorers regardless, there was one player that was so predictable in the way he played that Battier felt good in his ability to consistently shut him down: Carmelo Anthony. “I had some success against him,” Battier said. “The numbers really play out with him, and as he’s gotten older, he has not been about reinvention. The last two years I played him, he did exactly what the scouting report said he was going to do, every single time. “A lot of players will deviate — Kobe was so tough in his prime, or Durant or LeBron. But Carmelo, I knew what he was doing. He was on the left block, he’s going to dip his right shoulder and go to his left hand every single time — he travels every time, by the way; he travels every single time. But if I made him use his right hand and go over his left shoulder, he didn’t want to do that. And as a result, I was able to drain his efficiency.”
Money, however, will remain the primary reason this idea faces such great and continual opposition. And while Battier firmly believes less would be more in terms of a reduction of the schedule, he certainly realizes it. “Obviously, the economics, that’s not my forte so I can’t figure that out,” he said. “But from a competitive standpoint, from a product standpoint, the game would be immensely better with 22 less games.”
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On the player side, Shane Battier came up with a number of games that he believes would be ideal — not only to protect the athletes, but also to make the games that are played much more compelling. “Personally, I think a 60-game season would be perfect,” Battier said. “Every game matters more. You can’t sleepwalk through a few weeks of the season — it does happen — and then all of a sudden wake up near the All-Star break and turn it on. Fans just want to see the best basketball players in the world at their highest level going head-to-head. Every team has a certain number of throwaway games. You just know. You just know you’re not winning tonight. You don’t have it. And then after the game, coach knows it, everybody knows it, coach comes in, says ‘Alright, bring it in guys. We’ll get ‘em tomorrow. 1-2-3 team!’”
“He’ll be a player,” Battier said. “He’ll be an offensive force to be reckoned with. He needs to learn how to play defense. And in college the rules are really disadvantageous toward big guys. You’re not really allowed to be physical as a big defender. Any physical play you’re going to foul out. You’re allowed to be a lot more physical in the NBA, but he’ll figure that out. What you can’t teach is the soft hands and the touch and the ambidextrous nature of his game. So he’ll be a good player for a long time.”
“I think people look at Daryl as a guy who is playing NBA2K15 with his roster,” Battier, who is now retired, told USA TODAY Sports. “Now Daryl would be the first to tell you, ‘Look, I am about improving my team in every way possible and I’m going to do it in a way that makes sense for this organization.’ But if you gave truth serum to every (general manager), that’s what they would tell you. Daryl is a little more forthcoming with his motivations. “I think Daryl’s background as an MIT guy, a Northwestern guy works against him. And then again, people feel he’s cold and calculating and doesn’t have a heart. I enjoyed my conversations with Daryl. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve come to know in sports. We’ve always had a great personal relationship.”
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The Heat had Shane Battier to guard power forwards so LeBron wouldn’t have to all the time. And Battier could shoot 3s. Can you envision Anthony Bennett as sort of a bigger Battier in that same role? I’m really happy with the way Anthony has come to our camp. He’s worked extremely hard, has improved his body, has improved his approach. He’s maturing. He’s on the right track. We’re gonna see what we can do with him. But does he fit that Battier role? I think that’s a pretty fair assumption.
Ben Bolch: Shane Battier credited Spurs assistant Chip Engelland with making him an NBA player by fixing his shot when he was a freshman at Duke. Shane Battier said he made 4/24 threes and Engelland said, ‘Look, if you want to be a player, you have to learn how to shoot the right way.” Chip Engelland went on to be a personal coach for Shane Battier his first few years in NBA before landing an assistant job.
What decisions to expect this summer, that’s another story. “We still don’t know,” Battier said. “It’s hard to explain with our group. We have a bunch of guys that sort of go with the flow. I think when the Big 3 signed here there was talk of legacy and there was talk of history. That’s all academic at that point. Once you put the uniform on it’s about competing your tail off and putting yourself in position to win, which we have.”