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Shane Battier
Shane Battier
Position: -
Born: 09/09/78
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Earnings: $56,569,622 ($69,744,626*)
The rules were simple and were part of the reason that he chose Wade: Morey could only select inactive players through the 2K draft, unless they currently play for the Rockets. So James Harden, shockingly rated at 79 overall, was certainly an option for Morey. And that’s exactly who he took to complement Wade in the backcourt. The Rockets are known for their distinctive small-ball style of play, and Morey took that same approach to the game, though the league had not yet reached that type of modernity yet. Shane Battier (former Rocket) was next, followed by the likes of Nikola Mirotic, Jameer Nelson and Marcus Camby.
Miami stands as one of the most analytics-friendly teams in the league, a skill that can in-part be attributed to Battier. So how did Battier get schooled in the world of analytics? Rockets general manager Daryl Morey deserves a share of the credit. “I was lucky to play for Daryl Morey and Sam Hinkie, who taught me how to look at the data,” Battier told The Athletic’s Kelly Iko and Mo Dakhil. “Analytics is like blackjack. When the dealer has a five showing, what do you do? You double down. Why? Because the book tells you that is the best play at the time and gives you the most chance to win the hand and win money.”
Despite speculated interest, the Chicago Bulls have not requested permission from the Miami Heat to contact Vice President of Basketball Development and Analytics Shane Battier, an NBA source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel. Battier’s name had been floated as a possible option for the Bulls’ vacancy at general manager on the staff being formulated by Arturas Karnisovas, who was hired away from the Denver Nuggets last week as Chicago’s executive vice president of basketball operations.
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Heat Vice President of Basketball Operations Adam Simon had been among the candidates pursued by the Bulls for the job that went to Karnisovas, with the Heat last week issuing a statement about retaining Simon, “He loves it here and we love having him.” Battier is in the midst of his third season with the Heat under his present title, joining Pat Riley’s Heat front office on Feb. 16, 2017, following a career that saw him share in Heat championships in 2012 and ’13.
Through it all, the basketball passion remained, including stints in Israel, Italy and this past season in Montenegro. “It’s the business of basketball,” he said of being cast aside by the Heat at the end of the team’s Big Three era, after appearing in three NBA Finals to open his career. “I wasn’t the first person ever to be traded, and I won’t be the last. So you don’t take it personal. That was my attitude about it. I keep in contact with the championship teammates — Shane Battier, my big brother Juwan Howard, Dwyane Wade. Dwyane actually, during my season in Europe, sent me some Way of Wade gear, which I appreciated greatly. It’s a brotherhood that never breaks. Those bonds will never be broken.”
It helps that Yao has good connections whenever he needs help. Rockets CEO Tad Brown and general manager Daryl Morey take the occasional long-distance call, discussing everything from the challenges of ownership to the NBA rumor mill. So do former Houston teammates Luis Scola, who lends a unique perspective as a current CBA player, and Battier, now in the Heat front office. “We talk about how to evaluate players, different ways to inspire coaches,” says Battier. “He’s thinking about the right things.”
“It wasn’t hard getting guys in Miami, I’ll tell you that,” James said, reflecting on his success with guys like Mike Miller and Shane Battier when he played for the Heat. “So now that I think being in L.A., I don’t think it would be that hard to get guys here. “But we got to win, and at the end of the day, it’s all about winning. You know, and that’s what I’m trying to do right now, is to show prospects and free agents — and at the same time, show these guys that I got right now — that we can win now, and let’s not worry about the future.”
2 years ago via ESPN
Mars Reel, a digital-media startup focused on high-school basketball athletes and teams, has closed its $4.7 million initial funding round with new investments from Drake, NBA star Dwayne Wade and Otter Media, now part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia. In addition to its cash investment, Otter Media will also serve as an adviser and strategic partner for Mars Reel in several areas. The new investors join a host of other previously announced backers from the worlds of sports and media, including NBA players LeBron James, Shane Battier, and Kevin Durant; hip-hop artist Nas; and actor Cedric Stewart.
Shane Battier is coming back to Memphis. No, not to run for mayor or anything. To join the raucous good fun at Staxtacular, the shindig Shane and Heidi Battier — along with Brian Cardinal and his wife, Danielle — started 13 years ago to raise money for the Stax Music Academy. Q: How do you feel about coming back? Shane Battier: “We’re excited. Memphis will always hold a very special place in our hearts, it’s where we broke into the NBA, where we started our adult life, where we made many friendships that we still hold dear today. The NBA world is transient. After being in the league for 15, 16 years, when you find deep relationships, you treasure them. We love Memphis, we will always be Memphians even though we live in Miami now. It will be a real treat to come back.”
Q: You and Pau Gasol joined the Grizzlies as rookies in 2001. Does that feel like a lifetime ago? Shane Battier: In many regards, it does. In other regards, it feels like yesterday. I have a picture of me and Pau, I think on our first day, on media day. Pau was absolutely baby-faced. We didn’t know anything. Not that we know anything now, but we really didn’t know anything then. Obviously, Pau has gone on to win multiple championships, he’ll be a Hall-of-Famer, and I guess I did OK, too.” Q: Back then, did you know Pau was going to be this good? Shane Battier: “No doubt. He was special. The first time I played against him, it was at Rhodes College in a pickup-up game, we were playing on the side hoops. We were playing against Big Country. And he kicked Big Country’s butt. This kid was unlike anything I’d ever seen, his length, his touch, his athleticism. I’m proud of him. He’s had a tremendous career.”
The former Miami Heat forward who was part of the franchise’s last two NBA championships and now serves as a member of the front office in charge of analytics surprised 21 high school sophomores at Miami Central High with fully paid four-year college scholarships. The scholarships require the students graduate high school with at least a 2.5 GPA, stay out of trouble and participate in his Battier’s new GUIDE program, which assigns students to college mentors they must meet with twice a month.
Meeting the recipients for the first time Thursday made Battier, 38, quite emotional. When he left the students behind to conduct interviews, tears began streaming down his cheeks as he opened up about the experience. “They’ve been told ‘no’ so many times. For someone to say ‘Yes, you have a real chance’… it means a lot to me,” said Battier, who along with his wife, Heidi, selected the students off 30-second video submissions they sent in talking about themselves and why they wanted a scholarship.
In addition to his new title with the Heat, Battier was named last month to USA Basketball’s Junior National team selection committee. He played for the World Championship team in 2006 that won the bronze medal. “It’s a huge honor,” Battier said. “I take the responsibility very seriously to keep USA Basketball on top.”
“LeBron’s a great passer and the greatest player I ever played with,” said ex-NBA forward Shane Battier, who won two titles as James’s teammate in Miami. “But he had a propensity for hitting me below the knees with a lot of his passes. And I had to tell him: ‘Look, I know you love your triple-doubles. If you want to get more, you’ve gotta start hitting me in the chest with these. Get me the ball in a good spot, and I’ll help you get there.”
“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our HEAT program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “He embodies everything that we are looking for in our players and staff. We feel he will help us tremendously with his experience and knowledge of the game. Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise.”
Shane Battier had two stints in Memphis and won two championships in Miami. But as he returns to Houston as the Rockets’ 50th anniversary honoree on Thursday, he said he will have very special feelings for Houston for two very good, very personal reasons. “Houston is as special as any place I played,” Battier said. “First of all, both my babies were born in Houston. They are proud Texans, as they like to remind me. “For me, I came into my own as a professional basketball player in Houston. I sort of grew up. I thought I had my prime years playing for (Jeff) Gundy and (Rick) Adelman. I look back at those years, and though I’m sad we missed opportunities because we didn’t go further in the playoffs, I was proud to be part of those teams.”
Shane Battier (former NBA player): I remember getting the invitation to go to the President’s [49th] birthday party. Anytime you get a special email from the white house, you kind of hold your breath for a second. Like, What’d I do wrong? But when I opened up, it explained that the President was going to have a basketball birthday party, no different than my eight-year-old son. And I thought, “Wow, this is sort of like being invited to the cool dude table.” You always heard about the legendary pickup games, and I was a college teammate of Reggie Love, so I think he put in a good word for me. Marty Nesbitt: Everybody was there. Chris Paul, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Grant Hill, Magic, Bill Russell, Kobe.
Shane Battier: We went through security, and then we got in cars and vans on the grounds and went over to the naval base where the game was going to be held. And that was probably the most exciting part: We got these Navy SEALS driving us—I think it was Alonzo Mourning and Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul—and they were doing offensive driving with us in the back, ripping through turns. Judging by all the security and the car it took to get there, it was probably the safest place we could have been in the entire world. There’s a code when you’re shooting around with a bunch of guys, getting ready for a game. They talk a little differently, they walk a little differently. Especially at the NBA level. I don’t know how to explain it, but that’s what I was most impressed with about the President. He fit right in. I think that’s maybe one of the most defining attributes of his eight years. He could talk to really any group. He could make you feel like he was one of you.
Shane Battier: I would argue that the true value of any degree is the alumni network that shares that same degree. The saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know,” is becoming more true every day. Networking matters. Maybe more than ever. For the most part, alumni networks strictly benefit the universities and athletic program budgets that inspire them. But what if universities began leveraging alumni networks for the benefit of the athletes. I’m talking about programs that match up athletes with alumni capable of providing genuine mentorship, networking opportunities and internships. That’s the kind of thing that will actually give student-athletes practical directions in careers outside of their sports.
Shane Battier: That is why I think the alumni base should be utilized more as an added benefit for student-athletes. It would be a way to recruit kids not just based on top coaches, trainers and facilities, but also because of the potential to have relationships facilitated with a rich alumni network that will set the student up for success in their post-career. Every school has an area of expertise — an industry they are proud to trumpet.
The NBA and USA Basketball have partnered to develop a first-ever set of youth basketball guidelines to enhance the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, emphasizing the importance of player health and wellness, the NBA announced Monday. The recommended playing and rest guidelines — which have been endorsed by a handful of organizations such as AAU, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Adidas, Nike, Under Armour and the NCAA — were established over the past six months by three working groups (health and wellness, playing standards and curriculum and instruction) made up of coaches, administrators, former players (including retired NBA champions Shane Battier and Bruce Bowen) and leading medical experts from around the world.