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Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 1:30 pm  |  60 responses

Shane Battier Prepared to ‘Get a Job’ if NBA Lockout Lingers


Instead of waiting out the NBA lockout by playing hoops overseas (or simply, playing video games at the crib for months on end), Shane Battier tells KILT in Houston that he could go out there and get, like, a “real” 9-to-5 job. Per SRI: “What’s the offseason been like? Have you been involved with the lockout?: ‘I’ve been a conscientious observer of the process. I really haven’t been too involved with the mediators, but I’ve been talking to different representatives and guys in the know in the inner circle and given my two cents. Obviously, it stinks. There’s no way around it. The players feel terrible and it’s a no-win situation. There’s not going to be a winner out of this scenario. Unfortunately it’s the ugly business side of what we do. It’s the side that normally never creeps up, but in times of collective bargaining negotiation, and I’m sure that you guys are sick of reading antitrust law … but it’s the reality of our business.’ What’s it been like to go through the lockout process as a free agent?: ‘Life goes on, it really goes on. I’m fortunate to have played 10 years in the league. I’m secure in who I am. At this point, I’m confident that if the NBA were to never settle, I could go out and get a job and use my brain to provide for my family. That’s allowed me amazing piece of mind to just start thinking about post-basketball, but at the same time be ready for when we do settle, if we settle, to be ready to go.’ What do you say to fans who say they’ve grown disinterested in the NBA due to the lockout and say they won’t come back?: ‘I feel for them. I can’t deny their feelings, but I know that when we do settle, the players will do their best to win back our fans. We have unbelievable fans. Anyone who’s an NBA fan or has been to an NBA game … knows that we share a bond and a passion over basketball. In the end, the game always wins. You can talk about the litigation and the arguments, but basketball is basketball and it’s never going away. We’re hopeful that people don’t lose sight of that.’”

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  • silebyboy

    Good on him.

  • silebyboy

    First!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I could imagine him as a Math Professor ..lol

  • Enigmatic

    Didn’t he graduate from Duke with a degree in Religious Studies?
    What kind of a job can that get you? Serious question.

  • tony

    self rigteous little rick he is

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Enigmatic. Probably a Theology teacher…

  • http://slamonline juice

    The guy has always been the top of the top in terms of brain activity. Ever listen to him talk? MOST NBA players could learn a few well discripted verses as apposed to ” no wha I meen? “. H e would make a fantastic CEO or even a teacher. He would be a great ambassador for the NBA

  • shutupallenp

    @ juice im sure your trying to be funny with that comment but fyi you come off as a racist. Im sure you have a mental image of the players swinging from trees eating bananas listening to rap music. Theyre are plenty of smart people in the nba despite what you think

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com OTB

    @Enig – Religious studies (if that is indeed his major) is a general Arts degree, which is usually not tied to a specific job, like say a BAcc or BEng. When searching for employment, the Arts degrees themselves don’t matter as much as who you know (#1) and your experiences/ability to market yourself. Shane Battier is a public figure, and he knows people who know people. Getting a job will not really be that difficult. Studying something like Religious studies provides students with skills related to critical analysis and comprehension, which, believe it or not, does have merits in the corporate world. I know people who have degrees in English working for companies like RIM. If you know how to market your skills properly, you will get a job.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Religious Studies… I dunno, a Priest?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He could work as a librarian

  • LA Huey

    “MOST NBA players could learn a few well discripted verses as apposed to ” no wha I meen? “. ” That’s an outright lie. Try again.

  • bike

    “Im sure you have a mental image of the players swinging from trees eating bananas listening to rap music”
    Jane Goodall would have an issue with that statement. In all of her years studying primates in Africa, not once did she observe apes listening to rap music.

  • LA Huey

    @bike, perhaps she did and the apes are far more intelligent than we know. To protect them, she didn’t out them to us humans.

  • MUBWAR

    looooool at the last 3 comments

  • MikeC.

    @shutupallenp – I didn’t read anything in Juice’s comment related to race. There is a rainbow of idiots in NBA locker rooms.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ “as apposed to ‘no wha I meen?’”
    That’s kind of telling, isn’t it? Unless Sasha Vujacic and Brian Cardinal are speaking ebonics.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Not that Brian Cardinal is an idiot.

  • shutupallenp

    @mike C well maybe you should read in between the lines.

  • DJ MBENGA

    gucci mane ball

  • Enigmatic

    Why does “no wha I meen?” automatically have to be ebonics?
    I know plenty of rednecks up here that say that all the time.

  • Enigmatic

    *”rural caucasian-Americans” for the overly sensitive.

  • shutupallenp

    @when you hear hoofbeats think horses not zebras

  • ALEX80

    I just opened a taco store, maybe He’s interested.

  • Jono

    DRose is the dumbest player in the NBA. Well academically that is. Dead serious, google it.

  • rkirby

    shut up @shutupallenp you’re incriminating yourself by “reading in between the lines”. Shane Battier is “half-black” which makes him African-American in this great divided nation btw. Ignoramus.

  • rkirby
  • shutupallenp

    so now we should act like theres no subtext. so nah meen doesnt imply anything to you?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Enigmatic: Okay, but we’re talking about NBA players. How many rural Caucasian-Americans play in the NBA? Minus a select few from Indiana?

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    I’m still puzzling over using the phrase “well discripted” to criticise another person’s language skills.

  • Dope(Georgia Boy)

    TRUST ME PEOPLE @JUICE AND @BULL22 DON’T TALK THAT BULL-ISH IN REAL LIFE………HE’S ONE OF THEM “I’LL TYPE RACIST THINGS ABOUT BLACK PERSON,BUT NEVER SAY IT FACE TO FACE” TYPE OF PERSON.

    NOTHING BUT A GRADE A COWARD…………LEARNED IT FROM HIS PARENTS

  • shutupallenp

    @rkirby i didnt say anything about battier it matters not if he is green, orange or half rainbow. he compared other nba players with the naaaah meen comment. read through a comment before you run off on a tangent.

  • MikeC.

    shutupallenp Posted: Nov.18 at 6:17 pm
    @mike C well maybe you should read in between the lines.
    I’m reading “in between the lines” of your comment. From what I can interpret from Juice’s comment is that he’s saying that Shane Battier is intelligent while most NBA players don’t appear to be based on how they interact with the media. You’re the one talking about NBA players eating bananas and swinging from trees. You’re putting your words in his mouth. Juice may or may not have intended to imply more than what was said with that comment, but your comment has way more “in between the lines” implications.

  • billy

    Piece of mind . . . peace of mind. That’s what

  • shutupallenp

    @mikec you left out
    a few well discripted verses as apposed to ” no wha I meen? “
    so who do you suppose he was referencing ?
    my first post was just informing him my perception of what he said, and i dont put things in between the lines, i came right out and said it
    ” im sure your trying to be funny with that comment but fyi you come off as a racist.” how much more straightforward could i be?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    What he said didn’t come off as racist at all. You’re obsessed dude. NBA players seem dumb because they average a $5Million a year salary on average, and are broke within 6 years of retirement on average. For the most part NBA players also don’t finish pursuing their college degrees. Not to say a lot of those guys aren’t smart, a lot of them are. Assuming NBA players are smarter or dumber than the rest of society is dumb. Getting defensive over a joke, and then incorporating racism into your defensive attitude without real provocation, is even dumber. Once again you seem to have unresolved racial issues that you can’t help but to push on everyone else. Shut up

  • Pais

    @nbk – well said, thank you

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It came off racist to me.
    Played into all kinds of stereotypes about black intelligence and the fallacy that speaking proper English is a sign of intelligence. It is not. It is a sign that you learned to follow the rules of English.
    Intelligence is the ability to think. It has nothing to do with grammar or spelling.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Why doesnt it just play onto slang & intelligence, what does race have to do with it? He didn’t mention race, Shane Battier is multi-racial. There are enough White players in the league for the term “Most NBA players” not to apply to just black men. was the statement wrong? Yep, definitely. Was it Racist? Only if you assume Most NBA players only applies to one specific racial group, rather than the multi-racial group that didn’t finish their education, or the European guys of all races who pick up American slang. The statement juice made is only racist if you make an assumption. Accusing him of saying a racist statement without actually understanding what he meant is wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You don’t have to mention race for something to be about race.
    He used urban slang for a reason. But there is nothing I could say to convince you o r most people.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Urban Slang? The vast majority of the white people I know use Urban Slang. It isn’t specific for black people.

  • http://gmail.com z

    Just wanna say that shane’s garnered my respect for his eloquent analysis of a sad situation, and I’m talking about respect for him as a person (I already respected him as a player for that D he played on kob in the 09 playoffs). Very mature outlook. Regarding juice’s “racist” comment: its a shame that race, which is a fabricated concept originally conceived of as a flimsy “justification” for chattel slavery by self identified christians, still has such a vice grip on american society. But what can you expect? You got half the ppl saying let it go and move on, which only comes off as insensitive and calloused to the ppl whose forebears were victims of what were essentially pogroms. Sad situation

  • http://gmail.com z

    Just for the record: juice did come off kinda racist but thing is lotta black players DO talk in ebonics. I guess my philosophy is so what? I couldn’t agree more with allen: slang does not equate to unintelligent.

  • shutupallenp

    so i guess malibus most wanted wasnt racist either? or some white kid throwing a banana at your kid wouldnt be racist? maybe he thought your mixed child just lacked potassium.
    i just think that the sooner we get away from the underlying sense of superiority (which btw is what i despise the most after wasted potential)we will all be a better society. basically if you cant say it in person than i dont believe it should be included in a post, joke or not.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Those situations are not the same as the comment in question.

  • shutupallenp

    how are they not? if you decide to turn a blind eye to it, than what does it matter. you cannot honestly read that comment and not feel that he was being derogatory. and if you can then i feel sorry for you, the world isnt a nice place and evil does exist.
    and for the record i like shane battier he is a class act.
    oh on another very disgusting note go check out 1man1jar absolutely disgusting

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Like I said, his comment was wrong. But it wasn’t racist.

  • shutupallenp

    ok done trying to open your eyes. maybe one day youll learn. but im gonna assume ur the typoe of white guy that dates a black women and thinks it gives him street cred or when other black men hit on her you probably duck your head and act like you didnt hear. Its blatant racism, whether you admit it or not.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ And so was that…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Naw it isn’t, and naw I’m not that “type of white guy” – I have no “street cred” and I have confronted all races Who hit on her with me around, or that say something ignorant about the white guy like you insist on doing. Just another ignorant assumption from your racially charged perspective. You don’t know me, you’ve stuck your foot in your mouth talking about me again. Leave your sh*tty judgements and stereotypes to yourself. Introverted racism is atleast better than the idiocy you have expressed here.

  • shutupallenp

    @teddy wasnt racist i have observed said white guy and his dismissive attitude towards a blatant remark led me to my conclusion, i said im gonna assume. but my assumption was made on his trying to call me out for speaking my mind. so i made it personal.
    Thing is while basketball can be racially diversified it also has a way of polarizing people.
    ex. all asian tournaments that dont allow players of non-asian decent to play
    oh and b4 i forget @nbk I seriously doubt it, i can see your pink little face all red right now as you type, thinking about all the times you had to crawl back in to your little cave with your tail between your legs.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I hope you will say some ignorant sh*t like that too someone like me in real life. Internet thug huh, you gotta express your problems on the Internet. Maybe accuse people of having the same experiences as you, (For Example “thinking about all the times you had to crawl back in to your little cave with your tail between your legs.”) Is that right? Why don’t you try and type with your forehead? Your idiotic, everyone’s racist POV can use a perspective that doesn’t directly involve the ignorant thoughts that actually happen inside of it.

  • shutupallenp

    Im sure you cry yourself to sleep when you think of all the times your girl wishes she was laying next a real man. lmao. far from an internet thug. but making candy-ass sensitive little boys like you mad puts a smile on my face
    and heres me typing with my forehead – nbmh nhbjnujhymnjum h. hope that makes your day.
    and if you can please explain this sentence, i re-read it four times and still dont understand “everyone’s racist POV can use a perspective that doesn’t directly involve the ignorant thoughts that actually happen inside of it.”

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    “Your idiotic, everyone’s racist POV can use a perspective that doesn’t directly involve the ignorant thoughts that actually happen inside of it.” reading is hard.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    And that was in reference to typing with your forehead. Which you apparently did. And essentially proved my point. It proved more about you then the rest of your ability to comment logically.

  • shutupallenp

    still dont understand, please explain

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    LMFAO@ NBK AND SHUTUP.
    HHYHYGTFRTG5VHUYJ7GTYH
    THERE, I TYPED WITH MY FOREHEAD TOO.

  • MikeC.

    Wow. This is still going on. @nbk – sometimes you just have to give up. Some dudes are just not worth the breath or the bandwidth.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I did my dood. I think his last few comments have Given me clarity on the situation

  • http://www.nba.com/2011/news/features/steve_aschburner/10/27/lockout-q-and-a-kevin-murphy/index.html Allenp

    Well this took a turn for the worse.

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