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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 10:25 am  |  19 responses

Shane Battier Not Ready to Retire


Miami Heat forward Shane Battier says he’s not preparing for next season as though it’s his last in the NBA. Battier, a free agent next summer, isn’t quite ready to walk away yet. Per the Sun-Sentinel: “Last week during a Twitter question-and-answer session, Battier was asked about his inspiration for a potential third consecutive championship. He replied, ‘Go out on top, if this is it.’ Monday, before a motivational appearance with the students at St. Mark’s Episcopal School, he said with his three-year contract expiring at season’s end, it only makes sense to take stock. ‘I’m realistic to where I am at this point in my life,’ he said, after playing most of last season as a reserve and seeing limited action for an extended stretch of the playoffs. ‘I’d like to finish my contract strong with the Miami Heat, and then we’ll see where we go.’ Battier, though, said there would not be any sort of retirement tour, with possibilities still remaining in 2014 free agency. ‘This door is always open,’ he said. ‘This is not a farewell tour, no. But if it is, it is. And I’ll enjoy this year and try to make the most of it.’ Battier is one of several Heat veterans about to enter the final year of their contracts, joining Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and James Jones. Training camp opens Oct. 1 at AmericanAirlines Arena.”

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  • Jay Cutler

    Heat bit players have a habit of going bonkers in the finals.

    But as much as I love his ‘intangibles’, Shane was dreadful the entire playoffs.

  • Dfrance

    How about we poll NBA players that are ready for Battier to retire?

  • JibbsIsBallin

    There are several other players in the league that should retire before Battier does. Shane is a valuable part of the Heat.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Two words: GAME 7

  • spit hot fiyah

    like this

  • uqk

    4 words: tim duncan hook shot

  • K_HOLIDAY

    What about it?

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Apparently he was trying to say that him missing that hook shot caused Miami to win not Shane’s ridiculous shooting. Didn’t go over so well as he had planned…

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Yea, I’ve heard a lot of “IF TIM’S HOOKSHOT WENT IN” talk since the finals. Dont care about the IFs. Fact is Shane Battier went off from 3 when it mattered. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. That hook shot argument is lame.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea I’m not really for ifs because we could do that all damn day but the bottom line is the Heat won and the Spurs lost period. I could say “if D Wade was 100% there wouldn’t have been a need for Game 7″ or “if Bosh played anywhere near his normal self in Game 7 it would’ve been a blowout”. “IFS” are lame arguments any damn way.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    EXACTLY! If my father was a king, I’d be a prince. I hate IF arguments. Aint nobody got time for that!

  • danpowers

    like… the whole nba minus the heat roster?

  • Dfrance

    Sounds about right.

  • danpowers

    there are valid ands about it tho. e.g. shane battier went off from 3 when it mattered and helped his team to win the championship. see?

  • K_HOLIDAY

    The phrase “no ifs ands, or buts about it” usually means there are no counter arguments available on the subject sooo yea… I see what you tried to do there tho

  • danpowers

    thanks for appreciating the effort lol

  • K_HOLIDAY

    LOL! LOL!

  • http://basketball-performance.com/ Basketball Tips

    If he thinks he still has it then why not right? He’s doing quite an exceptional job for Heat.

    http://basketballcoach.ca/

  • uqk

    i actually want to support your argument battier defense on tim is really his ‘intangibles’. Its unbelieveble tim missed that shot (& putback) over shorter defender at close range *a lil bit late*

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