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Shane Battier to Become ESPN College Basketball Analyst
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Shane Battier to Become ESPN College Basketball Analyst

Jun 3 2014, 3:21am CDT | by

Miami Heat forward Shane Battier will join ESPN as a college basketball analyst after the 2013-14 NBA season -- his last as a professional basketball player.

Miami Heat forward Shane Battier is set to become an ESPN college basketball analyst after his retirement.  This is what The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre discussed in his June 2 article :  "Shane...

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Shane Battier to Become ESPN College Basketball Analyst

Jun 3 2014, 3:21am CDT | by

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Miami Heat forward Shane Battier will join ESPN as a college basketball analyst after the 2013-14 NBA season -- his last as a professional basketball player.

Miami Heat forward Shane Battier is set to become an ESPN college basketball analyst after his retirement

This is what The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre discussed in his June 2 article

"Shane Battier, who said two months ago that he would be retiring after this NBA season barring an 'act of God,' has agreed to a multi-year TV deal with ESPN to be a college basketball analyst next season, multiple people told The Big Lead. 

"It's unclear yet if ESPN will use Battier, 35, as a game analyst, in the studio, or on the set of College Gameday, which is being revamped. Battier's agent, Jim Ornstein, didn't return a call today seeking comment. 

"ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network had 'no comment.' The deal isn't expected to be announced until after the Finals are complete. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. 

"Battier, who starred at Duke, is in his 13th season in the NBA. Thursday, his Miami Heat will attempt to win a third consecutive NBA championship. Battier's contract with the team is up in July. 

"One source joked that if Battier were to join ESPN's College Gameday, he could sit alongside Jay Bilas and Jay Williams -- two other former Duke stars -- in an ironic move that would feed the 'ESPN loves Duke' cries from fans." 

McIntyre also referred to a piece from Grantland.com's Zach Lowe, who reported on May 27 that Battier turned down an offer to run for office in his home state of Michigan. Lowe made the revelation at a time when the Heat were tussling with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. 

"Battier is nearing retirement now, and he can no longer shoot, dribble, or defend like he once did. The Michigan Democratic Party recently called him to see if he might consider running to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Battier said. He declined, but he's closer to retirement than he is to the player who helped Miami unlock its identity. 

"He has enjoyed the rivalry, which has produced an intensity so serious that Battier said he has never discussed it even in quiet moments with any of Indiana's players. 'No, no, no,' he said. 'The way the games have gone, that just wouldn't be a possibility.'" 

Battier had no comment on The Big Lead report, per The South Florida Sun Sentinel

"Battier didn't comment on the report, saying only that he'll address his future when the season is finished and that right now, his focus remains helping the Heat win a third consecutive championship. 

"'The only job I have right now involves the San Antonio Spurs,' said the 13-year NBA veteran whose contract with the Heat expires after this season. 'When it's all said and done, I'll address that. My focus is on finishing strong and playing a good series against the Spurs." 

Battier has career averages of 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets and Heat, according to ESPN stats

 
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Jul 13 2014 10:56pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Miami Heat rarely relied on youth the past four seasons, with Norris Cole being the lone exception. However, this year should be different. With LeBron James heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Shane Battier retiring and the uncertain future of other former Heat veterans (Ray Allen, Greg Oden, Rashard Lewis, etc.), Miami will have no choice but to dish out playing time to some younger guys. Fortunately for Miami, despite not placing much of ...
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Jul 9 2014 12:34am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Miami Heat were too old last season. It’s why they won 12 fewer games than they did in the previous campaign, outscored their opponents by three fewer points per contest and absolutely imploded defensively during their 4-1 series loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. They weren’t just old, they were the oldest team in the NBA. And they often looked it. So pundits and fans would be forgiven for considering all this and concluding that—next to retainin ...
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How Much Blame Does Erik Spoelstra Deserve for Miami Heat's Finals Performance?

Jun 17 2014 10:52pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

In the course of their 4-1 destruction of the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs flexed several commanding advantages over LeBron James and company. In no particular order, they’re better shooters, they move the ball more often and more effectively, their offensive balance is far superior, they have more linguistic diversity. But of these edges, perhaps none was more glaring tha ...
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Bosh hopes he, James and Wade stay together

Jun 16 2014 2:28pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SAN ANTONIO — About an hour after the season ended, Chris Bosh was standing near the bus ramp from where the Miami Heat would soon depart for the airport and the off-season. Miami’s two-year reign was over. And Bosh almost sounded relieved. The Heat got rolled in the NBA Finals by San Antonio, losing in five games, the last three of them lopsided, and for the first time since 2011 there would be no championship parade in Miami. The same team that the Heat wor ...
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