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.”
During his playing career, Battier was known to use advanced analytics as part of his game preparation.
“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our Heat program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “He embodies everything that we are looking for in our players and staff. We feel he will help us tremendously with his experience and knowledge of the game. Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise.”
When Riley was asked in September what would make him feel comfortable retiring, he said he’s “not going to leave this damn thing until we have the right people running it.” Riley said he felt that Miami’s front office was one basketball person short.
“What needs to happen is what’s going to be the succession,” Riley said in September. “I want to make sure Micky is comfortable with everything before I make that decision. We’ve had a discussion about that. When you’re 71 years old you have a right to talk to your boss about ‘I’m not going to leave this damn thing until we have the right people running it.’
“I think I could and they’ll have the right people running it but I think we’re one person short, the one who knows as much about the game out there as he does about this stuff in here.”
Battier certainly would fall into that category as somebody who has a high basketball IQ.
Battier played three seasons with the Heat from 2011-14, winning two NBA titles with the organization in 2012 and 2013. He appeared in 210 games (86 starts) with the Heat and averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 22.6 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the field.
“I am thrilled to be joining the front office of the Miami Heat,” Battier said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Arison family, learning from a Hall of Fame executive in Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg and of course my old coach, Erik Spoelstra. My goal, as is the entire organizations, is to bring another championship back to Miami.”
Battier becomes the eighth former Heat player who is currently working in the organization. He joins Chris Quinn, Alonzo Mourning, Juwan Howard, Keith Askins, Glen Rice, Kasib Powell and Anthony Carter.