CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Shane Battier signed with the Heat in the 2011 offseason, he saw Miami as a temporary home.
More than six years later, Battier is still a South Florida resident. And it doesn’t look like the 39 year-old Michigan native will be leaving any time soon after accepting a front office position with the Heat as the vice president of basketball development and analytics last year.
With the Heat just days away from the start of their 30th NBA season, now is a good time to take a closer look at the players who helped make this organization what it is today. Whether it’s based off of pure talent, off-the-court impact or just longevity, there are a lot of names that helped the Heat over their first 29 seasons of existence.
MIAMI — Shane Battier’s playing days are behind him, but his work is not done.
On Thursday, Shane and his wife Heidi surprised 21 Miami Central High School students with four-year college scholarships. It marks the first class of students in the Battier Take Charge Foundation’s new GUIDE program.
“Excuse me, I’m a little emotional right now because to see the look on the kids’ faces,” Battier said with tears in his eyes minutes after delivering the good news to the students. “They’ve been told, ‘no,’ so many times. It’s great for somebody to say, ‘Yes, you do have a chance.’ I was in a similar situation and I was lucky to have basketball to be my ticket. But a lot of kids don’t have a ticket. To give them that chance, it means a lot to me. Continue reading “Miami Heat’s Shane Battier surprises high school students with college scholarships”
Shane Battier’s playing days with the Heat are over, but his time with the organization will continue.
The Heat announced Thursday afternoon that they have hired the 38-year-old Battier as the Director of Basketball Development & Analytics. According to the team’s press release, his role will “include the development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players.” Continue reading “Shane Battier returns to Miami Heat in front office role”