Shane Battier has hinted that he’d consider retiring at the end of this season ever since last June, but he hasn’t been all that forceful with his comments until now.
Battier is in the final year of his contract with the Heat, and depending on how things shake out in the postseason, he could very possibly receive an offer to play somewhere next season. But it seems increasingly likely that he’ll choose to hang ’em up once this current campaign is finished.
Battier has lost several steps on defense this season, but more importantly in terms of what Miami does is that his three-point shooting has plummeted almost 10 percent.
If this season is indeed his last, it’s been an above average career for a player who’s been limited from a skill standpoint offensively. Battier is in his 13th year and has carved out an identity for himself on the defensive end of the floor, while becoming the poster boy for the advanced analytics movement with the way he impacted games without putting up traditional numbers during his time with the Rockets.
Miami hopes it can squeeze one more promising postseason out of Battier, however, before he calls it quits.
Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.
Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.
But at least the Lakers won.
With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.
Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.
Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.
Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.
T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic has decided to end their annual summer league.
Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said Sunday the trend of NBA teams playing in the Las Vegas Summer League led to the decision end Orlando Pro Summer League. Orlando’s Summer League, which showcased rookies and young players, began in 2002.
Las Vegas will host all 30 teams for the summer league beginning in the summer of 2018. The Orlando Pro Summer League began as a 10-team tournament but there were just eight participating teams this past summer.
The summer league in Orlando, which is played in the Magic’s practice gym, was the only one of three summer leagues that did not allow fans to come in to watch.