HoopsHype Shane Battier rumors


January 21, 2014 Updates

"Defensively, we’re not ready to play. So, what specifically? It’s a myriad of things," Battier said. "We’re just not taking away much. Usually, when our defense is clicking, we’re taking away a few things out of the other team’s offense, and living with other parts of the other team's offense. Right now, other teams have the full menu of what they want to get. It’s paint shots, it’s threes, it’s transition. So we need to get back to taking away what we want to take away and living with the rest." Bleacher Report

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Shane Battier said he's played with "numerous" players "who played basketball because they were athletic and they could make a lot of money. But given a choice, if there was no NBA, would those people be playing basketball in a gym somewhere? No. Multiple. Numerous." How numerous? Battier estimated the number at around 30 percent of the NBA. "Yeah, it happens," Chris Bosh said. "I think the NBA weeds those guys out. I mean, some dudes do it because they love it, but then the competition gets a lot higher and it gets more demanding, and you see if you really love the game. There's nothing wrong with that. If you're not invested totally into it mentally and emotionally, you're not going to be the best player you can be." Bleacher Report

December 22, 2013 Updates

There isn’t another player in the NBA who can quite match Bosh’s unique gifts, so why doesn’t he feel more love from fans? Bosh was fifth in All-Star voting among Eastern Conference frontcourt players after the first returns were announced Dec. 12. Pacers center Roy Hibbert, fourth in voting for frontcourt players, led Bosh by more than 52,000 votes. “Honestly, the fact that [Bosh] is an intellectual player, I think works against him,” Battier said. “He may not be as cool as some of the other guys in the eyes of the voters out there, and I think a lot of it has to do with, he’s intellectual and introspective and into other things.” Miami Herald

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

November 24, 2013 Updates

"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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