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Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  99 responses

Shane Battier to Join the Miami Heat


Shane Battier finally revealed the “interesting news” he had teased last night on Twitter, announcing that he’s headed to Miami this season: “The Lockout gave me a lots of time to consider what was important to me at this stage of my life and career. Over the last week, I’ve played out every scenario in my head over and over. It always came back to one thing for me: a winning role. I am appreciative of all the kind words and recruiting pitches over the last week, thank you!! This was a exciting process and after much deliberation, I would like to quote the great poet Jimmy Buffett and take my chances ‘Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season’. Let’s Go #Heat!!!!!”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    aaaah C’mon Shane sad to see him leave the Grizzlies after a run like that.

  • http://www.nba.com/bulls The Babe

    God damn… here I was thinking they were gonna bring in more player who were sh*t and then they get battier?… SMH

  • Will Lee

    c’mon shane don’t join the lame heat. you deserve a Celtics team.

  • MikeC.

    Stay classy Shane.

  • http://www.slamonline.com swagg

    I AM SOOOOOOOO HAPPY!!!! CAN YOU TELL HOW HAPPY I AM????? :0

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Dammit, forgot to check that my name was there instead of some random dude! That was me, the happy one.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well, if he is still playing like he was last year, the Heat’s defense just became crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Bringing some much needed veteran 4th quarter leadership!

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Allenp

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    GHill was a better choice but Battier is better than Miller and Jones.

  • bike

    Just filled a major missing piece there. MIA stock going up by the second.

  • Sizzle

    Loving this pickup a fundamentally sound player, voice in the locker room, and knock down shooter. He will get plenty of open looks and can also take the load off of Lebron and Wade on defense some possessions..

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    somebody cue up that Flo Rida joint

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    perfect fit

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    With Battier, neither LeBron nor Wade has to guard the other teams best offensive player for most of the game.
    Plus, the Heat can go either big or small even easier. They can play Wade, bron, Battier, Haslem and Bosh. Or Chalmers, Wade, Bron, Battier and Bosh depending on matchups. And they still have James Jones and Joel Anthony. They can now amnesty Mike Miller, or keep him, and deal with his injury without a huge problem. Very good pickup for them. He’s better than Grant Hill at just standing around and hitting shots.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    wow, great add for the Heat…I don’t see anyone beating them unless CP3 and Dwight are wearing purple and gold this season.

  • Riggs

    cot damn i cant hate the heat anymore if they start bringing in some of my fav players. Their defense just went up by 10 points on 2k12

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Meh.

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    Amazing add for the Heat… Jeez…

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I mean, it doesn’t solve their massive, gaping and bleeding problems at point guard and center, but hey, they are impenetrable at the 2-4 now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    If Kwame will take the minimum, he can just stand down in the post and be big. He needn’t do anything else.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Serious question, which perimeter defense would you want more, James, Wade, Battier – or Pippen, Jordan, Harper? The latter 3 is probably better actually on the perimeter. The former is probably better at helping to protect the rim. idk honestly who I’d rather have as a group on defense.

  • TJ

    Cuban is already having a hissy fit on Twitter about it. Guess his silence has ended. Too good to be true

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    Cheryl i’ve been Kwame would be fine too, I haven’t heard anything on whether or not he would accept that though.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It all depends because by the time Harper arrived in CHI, he was well past his prime and so was MJ and Pip to a lesser extent while Bron/Wade are still in their prime. If we were talking strictly at their very best, no doubt it’s MJ/Pip/Harp but if we are talking about late 90s MJ/Pip/Harp vs ’11 Bron/Wade/Batt, I’ll go with the latter.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    In 1996 Jordan and Pippen were still in their primes, and they were lightyears ahead of Bron and Wade as defenders, in my opinion.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m not talking about their primes. (96 was not Jordan’s defensive prime though Allen, be real. Dennis Rodman and Pippen carried the heavy defensive load on that team, it’s not like Jordan was doing what he used to do and taking away half the court by himself) – Speaking of that I heard a great analogy from Kenny Smith on Jordan during the late 80′s early 90′s, he said Jordan was basically the Deion Sanders of the NBA, teams wouldn’t run a play on his side of the court at all when he was at his best. I thought that was spot on.

  • DieselMechanic

    reynolds

  • Monkeyfntstc

    And now go for Allen Iverson Heat!! GOGOGOOO

  • LP

    Heat sign 33 year old Shane Battier..?? I didn’t think defense was the Heats’ problem, was it????? Regardless, when they get to the ECF or the Finals, they will be playing a player that Shane Battier cannot defend anyhow! Kobe, Dwight, Pierce, Dirk, Durant! He won’t matter at the end anyway. OFFENSE is the Heats’ problem. …….and dont tell me that Wade and Lebron will be fresher for offense since they won’t defend the best player…because NEITHER defended DIRK!

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    I’m sorry he left the Memphis. GO GRIZZLIES!!!!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Pip and Rodman did most of the heavy lifting on defense. MJ, most certainly, was past his defensive prime and I wouldn’t say those guys were lightyears ahead of Bron/Wade on the defensive end. They were superior but lightyears better might be pushing it.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I pretty sure that Battier has done a good job defending Kobe, PP and KD in the past and I don’t see why that should change now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    In reality, this just saves D-Rose the humiliation of being annihilated by Bron guarding him in a series and let’s Shane take a turn.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Battier is a far better defender right now than Ron Harper was from 96-98. I figure Jordan & Pippen were better overall defenders than Wade and Bron now, but none of the Bulls guys protected the rim the way the three Heat players do.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Shane Battier is the one active player that I’ve seen who consistently plays stellar D against Kobe. That is a huge check mark in the Heat’s corner if those teams somehow wind up in the Finals together.

  • Goode

    Ah that sucks. I was kind of hoping he would join LA.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Thabo has been pretty damn effective against Kobe over his career. As has George Hill. (i’m bored)

  • Ben Ireland

    I like the thought of LeBron 1, Dwade 2, Battier 3, Haslem 4 and Bosh 5… Joel Anthony, Mike Miller, Chalmers and possibly AI off the bench? That’s a crazy good team… Cmon Heat, sign AI now too, he’s worth a veteran’s minimum, just dump him if he’s getting too big, but he’d know he’s not gonna start on that team, and he can do what AI does best for 15-20 minutes a game as a 6th man spelling Bron and Wade at the 1 and 2… Could anyone disagree with that?

  • LP

    This is overrated. This will work only if LeBron runs the point…other than that, where will Battier’s minutes come in at?? lebron and wade will play 40+ in the playoffs….How will Battier make a huge difference? Who’s minutes will he take? Joel anthony? Mike Miller? Bosh?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Chalmers, Wade, Battier, James, Bosh. That’s where Battier fits in most often.

  • Ben Ireland

    Also, just piggybacking off Eboy there, I’m readily anticipating a monster bounce back year from Kobe… Freed from the triangle yet still has great help; humiliated in the playoffs, getting all the criticism he took for losing a step, failing to step up… I think Kobe will be fully healthy, and ready to remind the rest of the league. I’m not saying MVP, but Top 5 voting, and playing even more viciously than Kobe normally does. I’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll average 32 6 6 and the Lakers will be the No. 1 seed. That’s where Battier comes in handy, he defends Kobe as well as anyone in the NBA, and he’ll be sorely needed. They can throw the 3 superior defenders at Kobe, whilst still mkaing him work on d with DWade. I want a Heat-Lakers Finals, after a Dallas-LA semis, and a Thunder-LA conference finals. And of course, the Lakers win… Wouldn’t be a good fan if I didn’t predict that for my team !

  • MUBWAR

    Lebron should move to the 4 then LP and he can certenly do it

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “Freed from the triangle” HAHA funny. — Kobe is going to have his second best scoring season in Mike Brown’s offense? And the Lakers will improve? That sh*t is comedy. The Lakers very well could improve, but it will be because Chris Paul will be wearing a Lakers jersey, not because Mike Brown is some mad offensive genius and Kobe Bryant is 28 again.

  • LP

    If you got Lebron and Bosh at your 4 and 5, against Pau and Bynum…????? somebody do that simple math for me…. granted, they are signing Eddy Curry, but he will NOT be healthy during the playoffs. He hasn’t played in 3 years, you just don’t come of hiatus and have a monster season, it doesn’t work like that.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Wade/Bron could play the point or Bron could play the 4. That’s what makes the Heat so good; their versatility, despite the lack of a true PG or C.
    PG-Wade SG-Battier SF-Bron PF-UD C-CB
    PG-Chalmers SG-Wade SF-Battier PF-LB C-CB
    PG-Bron SG-Wade SF-Battier PF-UD C-CB

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    My only issue with what JT just said, all of those scenarios have Bosh at C. If the Heat don’t play a faster pace this season that will be a troublesome issue

  • Ben Ireland

    @NBK, Mike Brown is a defensive coach, and a damn good one, but on offence, he let LeBron do whatever he felt like doing. Can you honestly say Kobe won’t average more points when he’s given the ball and told go score?
    And CP3 is one of my favourite ever players, but he’s not gonna be in LA. If the Lakers get anyone, it’ll be Dwight, I think. Again, a super defensive center… Kobe wouldn’t get better?
    Wasn’t it an old Celt who said the best part of their defense was having Russell behind them? Same with Dwight… Kobe works less and less on D, concentrates on O… Hence my predictions. And freed from the triangle is true, it’s a damn effective system, as shown by 11 rings, but everyone knows Kobe couldn’t stand it. I see big things coming from an angry Mamba.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Well the Heat did say there were going to go hard for Battier…pause.. I guess they got what they wanted.

  • Mvp23100

    The Heat against who out West Bostons old New York will never play D with sub par superstars and leadership and Rose still has dues to pay out in the Chi to me this a huge a move Battier brings consistency and leadership he’s solid on both ends

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Ben, lets not this part out first, assuming Dwight Howard is going to get traded to the Lakers means your spending half the season in trade rumor h*ll, with Bynum & Gasol, cuz the Magic are going to drag this thing out like Denver did with Melo. And, as Mike Brown already said, with those two, he will be running a variation of San Antonio’s old offense, which is centered around a Hi-Lo big man set, (taking even more touches away from Kobe than the Triangle did) making it almost impossible for Kobe to improve his season average by 7 f*ckin points. All of this, and we haven’t mentioned the horrendous schedule that every team is stuck with, schedules that will, without a doubt, break down veteran players much faster than normal seasons. So not only will Kobe touch the ball less, but he will be more tired on a nightly basis. — And it is much much much much much much much more likely at this point the Lakers get Chris Paul. They keep Gasol in this scenario, add 2 positional needs (a Starting PG, and they replace Bynum with Okafor) can do the trade early enough so that the team can play a considerable amount of games together before the playoffs and ultimately have a chance to compete every year until Kobe breaks down, rather than spend a year or two trying to fill small holes in the lineup around Kobe and Dwight.

  • BAWSE

    Yawn. Battier is a SF which is LeChoke’s position. I don’t buy in this hype. All this means is another guy to wave the towel for 30 plus minutes. If Shane was a pg or center, I would truly be concerned. They will come up with a excuse when they choke towards the end.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    nbk, who else do they have to put at center?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    really nobody. I’m just saying that seems like it could be a big issue if “Eboy’s favorite coach” doesn’t know how to make offensive adjustments…which I’m not really sure if he does. — Unless ofcourse, those muscles Chris Bosh added really did make him more of a “center” in the paint.

  • Ben Ireland

    nbk, I hope you’re right, I’d love nothing more than to see CP running the point in that team. But I just think the Lakers are set on Dwight, and that’s how I think it’ll go down. And yeah the scheldules tougher, so maybe 7 was a bit optimistic, hadn’t thought of that. But I expect Kobe to be ALOT better than last year, just as an FU to his doubters. That’s always been something Kobe does, no?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I disagree on 96 Jordan. I feel the 96 and 93 incarnations were the best although for different reasons.
    Now, after 96, yeah, he stopped playing defense at that same level the entire game. But in 96, he was still better than both Wade and Bron, and so was Pippen.

  • BAWSE

    Why are we talking about the Lakers on a Miami Heat article?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    at this point I’m pretty sure Kobe only cares about titles. His doubters are his doubters and always will be, I think he knows he can’t change their perception of him at this point. Regarding Dwight, I have read that the Lakers and Celtics are the front runners for Chris Paul. With the Dwight sweepstakes basically coming down to Orlando keeping him and New Jersey, because they really do have the best package other than the Clippers, which apparently has pulled out of the Dwight race. (which could mean, in this wacky world, that they are the inevitable destination for the guy)

  • BlackStar

    Now the Heat are signing Eddie Curry. This is some BULL$^%T!!! Everyone is a bandwagon rider now!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Allen, I conceded that Jordan and Pippen were each probably better overall defenders than Bron and Wade. But they didn’t protect the hoop like those two, and Battier is far better than Harper. Which to me is the reason it’s close.

  • bike

    If they could just land a center. He doesn’t have to be that good offensively…just a big stiff that clogs the lane, grab a few rebounds, and contest inside shots. That would do it for sure.

  • http://www.kittywildeonline.com RunNGun

    This is a great signing for the Heat but I’m disappointed Battier chose the Heat. This allows for D-Wasted and LeChoke to check themselves out of games, because that’s what they do. Battier plays 110% with effort, so it’s going to take a toll sooner or later on their new workhorse. And as for Eddy Curry, heh, you’re always going to need a fat guy to eat up the catered food in the locker room. ‘Nuff said.

  • robb

    Damn, good move Miami.

  • Riggs

    ESPN reports that Eddy Curry is joining as well

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    WTF!

  • jadams12

    This makes Dwight for Lebron move even smarter for Miami IMO. But its still never going to happen.

  • burnt_chicken

    you don’t need an apostrophe on the “let’s” (sic) in your trolling comment, Eboy.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The block thing is an advantage when you compare the older versions to the younger Heat. Not so much with Pippen, but clearly with Wade.

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    heat looking like the favorite, ill decide when free agency ends forgood

  • Jay

    i want to see IVERSON on a contender. A.I. will be fine on a good team where there’s bigger alpha dogs than him. He’ll know his role and at his age he should cherish only having to play 20 mpg. Flaming out in an ego filled implosion like he did shouldn’t be Iverson’s ending. Dude was the Dr. J of his generation. Style on and off the court.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If this New York stuff goes through then the league is going to be better than last year. And Amar’e being traded to New Orleans makes me happier than any scenario on earth

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wait, what?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    You need twitter, for real. So the knicks are now the front runner for Tyson Chandler, they are exploring trading or amnestying Billups. If they givin up their 2012 cap space for Chandler, and trading their PG…then…?

  • http://www.thatblogcray.com Anton

    I wish he quoted the Pokemon movie like Herman Cain.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Even if they don’t get CP, TChandler can be a game-changer and difference maker for the Knicks. The east is going to be tough and NY jumps ahead of Bos and behind CHI/MiA if Chandler goes to the Knicks.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I hate Twitter.
    But, I just saw the thing about Chandler going to the Knicks. If they package Amare and Billups, does that really make them better. Is a nucleus of Chandler, Paul and Melo enough?
    Interesting. They should just sign Tyson and ride it out this year man. They can actually beat teams with him playing center alongside Amare.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    If the Knicks amnesty Chauncey, the Heat should look at him right away. It would be a more significant move than the Battier one.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’d rather have Paul then Stoudemire, especially with D’Antoni as my coach

  • T-Money

    Who starts doesn’t matter. The end game lineup will be Wade, Battier, James, Haslem, Bosh. With Battier guarding the best perimeter player. That’s a tough, tough defensive line up with 5 mobile, above-average defenders.

  • T-Money

    E: if chauncey gets amnestied, the teams with cap rooms will have first shot at him.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Dallas, Billups is almost definitely gonna be a Mav. Think a Billups trade is likely

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    What makes you think Dallas wants Billups? Is J.Kidds contract up right now?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They won’t resign Barea. And 1 38 year old PG can’t handle this schedule.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    The Raptors could use Billups.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    if they amnesty him some under the cap team will pick him up for sure.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Come to think of it.. Chauncey would be great for the Heat.

  • Red

    Curry though? And Chandler going to Knicks is big. It seems the East will be hard, Bulls need to make a splash or things will get hard.

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

    Best of luck to Shane, who is still one of my favorite players/personalities in the league. This is a good move, although he had a great run with Memphis last year… Memphis’ defense just took a bit of a hit. Tony Allen and Shane Battier were a killer defensive pair. The Heat are dangerous right now.

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

    Who would you rather have for defense: Shane Battier or Michael Jordan?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Heat to go 60-6 in the regular season?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Teddy.. Michael Jordan, and it’s not even close.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Jordan Crawford and it’s not even close.

  • http://www.slamonline.com alf

    Fits into his persona on being on the most hated teams:

    First: Duke

    and now, Heat?

    Of course, I cannot explain Rockets or the Griz.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Agree with LP, this was a good move but it doesnt make them much better than they were last year.

  • Heals

    Ugghhh, I dunno about Batts on this one. Seems like 2 years too late to make this move. He had the opportunity to get to a contender before and passed on Bos, LAL, Dal, Chi, etc. Now he goes all-in in MIa, to me that’s desperate more than it is noble. I like dude too, but this ain’t what puts them over the top. This move will have a far greater impact on 2k than it will the Heat…

  • Heals

    T-money, any players that are amnestied go thru a closed-bid system rather than traditional free agency. So although those teams with more cap space have a better shot at amnestied players, it’s gets a little more complicated this time around…

  • projectphantom

    well, guess i cant like battier anymore.

  • BigBlue

    one of my favourite player of all time.. will be happy to see him have at least one ring before he retires, even if he does get it with the heat

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Good move, get a PG and its on. Multii before you die! I can see a repeat comin up for the heat.

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