HoopsHype Shane Battier rumors

November 20, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Shane Battier said Jahlil Okafor reminds him of Tim Duncan. Back in high school, @BigJah15 told me he studies Duncan and Hakeem Olajuwon. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

November 18, 2014 Updates

“Okafor’s got some pretty good size and he doesn’t know how big he is yet. But he’s got tremendous skill… He does a great job of passing out of the post, which is a lost art. He reminds me of Tim Duncan, who I think is the best post passer in the NBA right now,” ESPN college basketball analyst Shane Battier, a two-time NBA champion, told SNY.tv. ZagsBlog.com

“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.” ZagsBlog.com

November 12, 2014 Updates

Battier is having too much fun as a former basketball player to consider returning to his playing days. "I'm enjoying life right now," Battier said. "I'm enjoying working on my golf swing. You never say never but it would take a lot [to come back.]" Battier, who played three seasons with the Heat, still lives in Miami. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 10, 2014 Updates
October 28, 2014 Updates

"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." USA Today Sports

July 16, 2014 Updates
July 9, 2014 Updates

Shane Battier: I will always be a Heatle. RT @Faatimaa_11: @ShaneBattier Will you miss the Heat family? Twitter @ShaneBattier

July 6, 2014 Updates
July 2, 2014 Updates

Recently retired forward Shane Battier has reached a multiyear agreement to join ESPN as a men's college basketball analyst. Battier won an NCAA title at Duke in 2001, when he was named the most outstanding player in the Final Four. He just wrapped up his 13th NBA season, the last three of which were spent with the Miami Heat, with whom he won two championships. ESPN.com

June 17, 2014 Updates
June 16, 2014 Updates

Side by side in the Heat locker room afterward, Ray Allen and Shane Battier dressed after a game for perhaps the last time. These are two pros who helped create the fabric of this team. It's been known for a while Battier is retiring. "I've given all I can to the game,'' he said. "I can't give anymore. I'm OK." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 12, 2014 Updates
June 4, 2014 Updates

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. Twitter @latbbolch

June 3, 2014 Updates

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." USA Today Sports

June 2, 2014 Updates

It’s unclear yet if ESPN will use Battier, 35, as a game analyst, in the studio, or on the set of College Gameday, which is being revamped. Battier’s agent, Jim Ornstein, didn’t return a call today seeking comment. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network had “no comment.” The deal isn’t expected to be announced until after the Finals are complete. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. The Big Lead

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