Shane Battier has been fairly effective in the playoffs – only because the Heat have been very careful about when an how to use him.
Battier barely played against the Bobcats, had a larger role against the smaller Nets and chose his spots wisely against the Pacers.
At 35, Battier is facing the end of his career. He might win another championship this year. He might even play another season or two.
But the end is in sight.
So, what’s next?
Zach Lowe of Grantland:
The Michigan Democratic Party recently called him to see if he might consider running to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Battier said. He declined
There is likely a wide gap between getting asked asked to consider running and getting asked to run. I would be surprised if the Michigan Democratic Party didn’t inquire with several potential candidates to replace Levin, who announced he was retiring after six terms.
But it’s telling that Battier was even on the radar.
He’s the current Teammate of the Year, and he frequently pops up in surveys about which current player would make the best coach or general manager. If he wants a future in basketball, he has one.
He could aim wider, though.
Battier, who grew up in Michigan before attending Duke, is still widely respected in his home state. He might not be viewed as a politician right now, but his name recognition will open doors if he wants to pursue that route.
Whatever Battier wants to do after retiring, he’s capable of making it happen.
While the rampant speculation continues about whether the Celtics may or may not trade for a superstar, Danny Ainge is filling out his roster with veterans. Sean Deveney of the Sporting News reports that they’ve agreed to a one-year minimum deal with guard Gerald Green:
Green was originally drafted by the Celtics in 2005 at No. 18 overall, and after bouncing around different teams and overseas in the first few years of his career, he’s carved out a nice niche for himself in the NBA as a scoring guard off the bench. He played 69 games for the Heat last season after two solid years in Phoenix.
The NBA has unveiled its top 100 plays of the 2015-16 season, and there’s no mystery as to what were the top two.
No. 2: Stephen Curry‘s halfcourt buzzer-beater in overtime against the Thunder in Oklahoma City during the season.
No. 1: “The Block” by LeBron James on Andre Iguodala in the final stretch of Game 7 of the Finals.
There’s plenty more, too, and if you have 25 minutes to kill, you can and should watch all of them above.
Tyler Zeller is one of the few restricted free agents left on the market who could make an actual impact next season, and on Saturday morning, he’s come off the board. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the fourth-year big man has agreed to a deal to stay with the Celtics. It’s for two years and $16 million, with the second season being a team option.
Zeller isn’t a starter, but he’s a nice rotation big man, especially at that price. He can play minutes off the bench for Boston, and his contract is also very movable with the second season being unguaranteed. He played just 11.8 minutes per game last season, but averaged 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes.
The Toronto Raptors were good last season, second best team in the East. That means the guys on Inside the NBA on TNT had to talk about them.
Which means Charles Barkley had to say “Jonas Valanciunas” a lot. Which is high comedy. While a lot of people struggle to say his name the guy is a solid NBA center who, with a little practice, you can say (and spell) his name pretty easily.
This comes from a YouTube user, via Reddit, with a hat tip to Eye on Basketball.