Retired Battier isn’t eyeing a comeback

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The immortal baseball player Satchel Paige once said don’t look back, because something might be gaining on you.

The indefatigable Shane Battier says the only reason to look in the rearview mirror might be to check out his backswing.

Let the Cavaliers, Spurs, Bulls and Clippers chase the aging sharpshooter Ray Allen to bolster their championship hopes, Heat style. The 13-year veteran Battier, who retired after last season with Miami, says he’s having too much on the golf course to even consider a comeback.

Battier, who averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, was a defensive specialist and won a pair of championships (2012, 2013) with the Heat, told Shandel Richarson of the Sun Sentinel that he wouldn’t nail the door shut, but it would “take a lot” to get him to lace up his sneakers and return to the court.

It’s not just giving up the physical grind at age 36 that is good, but also breaking out of the confining, narrow mindset that it takes to be a successful pro athlete that has Battier enjoying life:

“In this business, you get so caught up in the next shootaround, the next game, the next practice, the next play,” Battier said. “You have a very myopic view of the world. The most fun part is just talking to people … and just having amazing conversations.”

4 Comments

  1. "Smart" NBA fan says:

    does he care about what you fans think about him. obviously not hes out golfing so yeah lol. you stupid fans dont make a difference in anything but throwing your 2 cents out there. you people need to get a life already. seriously….. do something besides gossip about NBA players. sound like a bunch of females. you know who has all the money Kobe lebron KD drose melo all these dudes are livin it up right now with millions. what do we got? just be happy with your family and live life to the fullest and get that hate outta your hearts. love your brother dont spread gossip about Kobe or Drose. fans of every sport=the problem with the world today

  2. sanjay says:

    washed up battier was the biggest reason why miami heat lost to spurs last year. He was just appalling. Haslem and others were also not good. But battier was the worse. will he join cleve for redemption? I have no idea

    • harriethehawk says:

      I beg to differ but I guess it’s okay to agree to disagree. I’m more of a Battier fan than a Heat fan.

    • sam30 says:

      Um… didn’t you read the piece?

      “The 13-year veteran Battier, who retired after last season with Miami, says he’s having too much on the golf course to even consider a comeback.”

      I would say joining the Cavs for redemption is not very likely at all…