HoopsHype Shane Battier rumors

December 19, 2013 Updates

When Miami visits the Los Angeles Lakers for next week’s Christmas Day game, the teams will debut new “Big Logo” jerseys from adidas. The main differences from the regular uniforms are that these have short sleeves and there is a giant logo on the front. There is a misconception that they fit tighter than the regular jerseys, perhaps because some of the players chose to wear that style for photo shoots, but every player has the option to pick the size that suits them best. Heat F Shane Battier tested them out this summer and this morning offered a review. “They’re very sexy,” he said. “It’s probably the best thing I can say about them. Very sexy. They’re alright. It is what it is. We make a good living here in the NBA, so if they ask us to wear a clown suit, guess what–‘You want red or blue?’ “It takes getting used to. I’m sure we’ll have a couple days before, but I don’t really see a big deal out of it — other than the throngs of women that are gonna be screaming my name when they see me in that shirt, which is standard in the Battier household.” Palm Beach Post

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Even Kings minority partner Shaquille O'Neal, who went through a similar learning curve with the officials, supposedly swings by once a month to impart some wisdom, although veteran Chuck Hayes rolled his eyes at O'Neal's assertion that he and Cousins are alike. "I don't think there's a similarity in the two at all," Hayes said. "In game, personality or character." Hayes believes Cousins, ultimately, needs to be the one communicating to the people he dislikes the most: the refs. "He needs to learn their names," Hayes said. "Their first names. Shane Battier taught me that. It's amazing what a difference that can make." Bleacher Report

November 27, 2013 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Heat officially rule Battier out with a cold. So expect Haslem to start, and Lewis and/or Beasley to get more time. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

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"In all honesty, this is probably my last year, and so, I'm not saving myself for anything," Battier said with a burst of laughter, as the Heat turned their attention to Monday's visit by the Phoenix Suns. "My mindset is really, 'Just go 'til the wheels fall off.' If that means I crash and burn at Christmas, that's the way I go out. But I'm not saving myself for anything. My role now, with this starting lineup, is just playing my tail off and bring energy and, you know, go as long as I can go." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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“Risk has been mitigated,” said Shane Battier, a 12-year veteran known for his ability to rely on analytics to find subtle, effective ways to impact games. “It’s like playing blackjack in the casino. Teams are giving themselves the best opportunity to shave off a few percentage points and improve their chances of success.” Washington Post

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And then you ask him this: What's been the most stressful event of his NBA career, one that has already covered 12 seasons, one that he's seriously thinking of ending after this, his 13th? "Oh," Battier said. "Game 7. Indiana. My first DNP." That was June 3, 2013, a night on which the Miami Heat's championship aspirations were on the line—and a night on which one of their most respected, valuable players was watching from the sideline for all 48 minutes. "That was, from a pride standpoint, a hurtful few days for me," Battier admitted to Bleacher Report this week. "It was low. It was probably the lowest I've been in my basketball career. And I know there were reasons for it. But the way I internalize it, it was the first time in my life a coach said, 'Our best chance of winning does not involve you.' And that's never happened to me before in my life. So from a professional standpoint, from a teammate standpoint, that was, it was hurtful." Bleacher Report

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Aside from the Los Angeles Lakers’ outsized amount of national TV games, the other major takeaway from the NBA’s 2013-14 schedule release is the Miami Heat’s holiday workload. The two-time defending champions have games on Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas Day, and what’s more, they’re both on the road. Veteran Heat forward Shane Battier isn’t thrilled with this development: Shane Battier: The schedule I got said that we are on the road for Xmas and Turkey Day. I think I received a bad copy. For The Win

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