Shane Battier Rumors

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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.
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Gary Payton, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Ron Artest, Bruce Bowen, Ruben Patterson — the self-proclaimed “Kobe Stopper” — and Raja Bell, to name a few. And certainly, Tony Allen, who Bryant anointed in this, his farewell season, “the best defender I ever faced.” “My approach was to try to force him one way,” Allen told CBS Sports. “When that didn’t work, give him another look. Reach a little bit. Reach at the hand that was dribbling the ball. Try to distract him. Pull his jersey if I had to — just kind of throw everything but the kitchen sink at him defensively and live with the result.”
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Battier was a guest co-host on ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz this week and told the story of why he had strong doubts about whether Whiteside would ever make it in the NBA. “We were running sprints after practice in training camp, and this was after we won two straight titles,” Battier said. “It might’ve been my last year. Hassan was there – big, long, blocked a few shots. But after the sprints, he laid down on the floor. And I went over to him and said, ‘Man, get your ass up. Get your ass up. We just won two NBA titles and we’re going for a three-peat this year. Do you see LeBron laying down or Chris or D. Wade? Do you see Udonis Haslem laying down on the ground? Get up. You think Riles over there is gonna give you money if he sees you laying down?’ “And to his credit, he got up really quickly and had a hangdog look on his face and was almost apologetic, but at that point I wrote him off. Man get this guy outta here.”
“Jeff is one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever played for, and he understood the value of a lot of the data, and he would just tell us, ‘Look, 2-point dribble jump shots don’t [beat] us,’ Battier said. ‘And he would beat that mantra into our heads: 2-point dribble jump shots don’t [beat] us. And if you know the data behind that, you know that that’s the lowest-percentage shot in basketball . . . [a] non-paint two, off the bounce. In an elite level, shooters like, you know, Steph Curry is like 46–47 percent. The rest of humanity is a [sub-40 percent] dribble jump shooter. And as a defender, that was my shot to make people take. But when you put it like that, and you create a mantra, and Jeff would say, ‘Look, if someone makes a 2-point dribble jump shot on you, it’s on me as a coach, I’m never going to yell at you, you’re not going to get crushed, it’s on me.’
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Included on the list, with some especially admiring comments from Battier, was Jae Crowder. The Celtics forward’s initial response was an, “Oh wow.” Crowder clearly took Battier’s piece as a major compliment. “(Battier) made a living off being a glue guy,” Crowder said. “It means a lot. It means my hard work is trying to pay off as much as possible. I’m getting recognition but at the same time we’re winning and I’m trying to contribute the way I know how to contribute. And that’s play hard and do the things I do. But that means a lot coming from him because he made a living doing it.”