Shane Battier will remain with Heat front office after withdrawing name from Pistons search

Shane Battier (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI — Shane Battier is staying with the Heat.

After he interviewed for an upper-level position in the Pistons’ restructured front office, it was confirmed Tuesday that Battier has withdrawn himself from consideration and will remain with the Heat. ESPN’s Zach Lowe first reported the news. Continue reading “Shane Battier will remain with Heat front office after withdrawing name from Pistons search”

Would Shane Battier really leave the Heat to take front office job with the Pistons?

Shane Battier has been the Heat’s director of basketball development and analytics since Feb. 16, 2017. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI — The Pistons have their eyes on Shane Battier.

Battier, who is the Heat’s vice president of basketball development and analytics, is one of the candidates the Pistons are interested in to fill an upper-level position in their restructured front office. Miami granted Battier permission to interview for the opportunity in Detroit. Continue reading “Would Shane Battier really leave the Heat to take front office job with the Pistons?”

Shane Battier didn’t always think he would stay in Miami, but now he considers it ‘home’

Shane Battier accepted a front office position with the Heat as the vice president of basketball development and analytics last year. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

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.

“There’s a community here that we love and we want to be a part of,” said Battier, who retired following the Heat’s appearance in the 2014 NBA Finals. “When we first got here, we didn’t think we were going to stay, to be honest with you. We didn’t know where we were going to end up, but we didn’t think we were South Floridians. But we love the community, we love the diversity, we love the energy of Miami. It’s home.” Continue reading “Shane Battier didn’t always think he would stay in Miami, but now he considers it ‘home’”

30 years of Miami Heat: Ranking the top 30 players in team history

A look at the top players in Heat history.

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.

In celebration of the Heat’s first three decades, we bring you the Palm Beach Post’s top 30 players in team history … Continue reading “30 years of Miami Heat: Ranking the top 30 players in team history”

Miami Heat’s Shane Battier surprises high school students with college scholarships

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 returns to Miami Heat in front office role

Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) bring down a rebound during first quarter action of game seven of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs Thursday evening June 20, 2013, in Miami.(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)
Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) bring down a rebound during first quarter action of game seven of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs Thursday evening June 20, 2013, in Miami.(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

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”