Shane Battier understands this could be his last NBA season

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Shane Battier is 35 years old. And in the last year of his contract. And went through a terrible shooting slump (5-of-31) through the playoffs and NBA Finals last season that saw his role shrink (although he exploded for six threes in the Heat’s Game 7 win).

Combined, those are all signs that retirement is around the corner. This could well be his last NBA season.

As you would expect, Battier is taking a measured approach to it, something he told Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. He might still play in 2014, in Miami or elsewhere if a contract is offered, but if not he is ready to move on.

“I’m realistic to where I am at this point in my life,” he said… “I’d like to finish my contract strong with the Miami Heat, and then we’ll see where we go….

“This door is always open,” he said. “This is not a farewell tour, no. But if it is, it is. And I’ll enjoy this year and try to make the most of it.”

It is possible that next summer, as a free agent, Miami or some other contending team looking for a veteran “3 and D” guy could offer Battier a one year minimum contract. It’s going to depend on how he performs this season.

Battier is self aware enough to know one way or another his time in the league is winding down. And he’s going to try and savor it.

Stephen Curry gets four-point play after Klay Thompson foul, Curry does some taunting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stephen Curry is enjoying going against Klay Thompson. Maybe a little too much.

In the first half, Curry was matched up on his Warriors’ backcourt mate and enjoyed that Thompson missed the shot.

Then in the fourth quarter, with the game tight, Curry drained the contested three and drew the and-1 on Thompson — and did a little taunting.

That’s some All-Star fun.

Stephen Curry bounces alley-oop way above rim, Giannis Antetokounmpo slams it down (video)

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CHARLOTTE – Stephen Curry bounced this so high!

I suppose it helps that Giannis Antetokounmpo has such ridiculous reach.

Dirk Nowitzki walks on All-Star court, quickly splashes three threes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maybe Dirk Nowitzki shouldn’t retire after this season.

Added to the All-Star Game by Commissioner Adam Silver (along with Dwyane Wade) in what is expected to be the final season for the future Hall of Famer, the greatest shooting big man of all time showed he still has the touch. Entering the game midway through the first quarter, Nowitzki proceeded to quickly splash a couple of threes.

And he was not done yet.

Nowitzki never officially said he was retiring….

Giannis Antetokounmpo throws himself alley-oop on free throw… that obviously doesn’t count (video)

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CHARLOTTE – It’s an All-Star game, but you still can’t do that. A free throw that doesn’t hit rim is a violation, and Giannis Antetokounmpo clearly crossed the line early, too:

He was clearly going for levity, and at least he accomplished that.