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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. Sports Illustrated

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.” Sports Illustrated

February 28, 2015 Updates

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.” NBCSports.com

February 27, 2015 Updates

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!'” NBCSports.com

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.” NBCSports.com

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Shane Battier announced Thursday that he again will host his signature karaoke event in South Florida, with Battioke scheduled for March 3. The event, which previously has included the likes of Pat Riley, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh warbling contemporary and timeless songs, will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

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"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

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

July 6, 2014 Updates
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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

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