The playoffs are not quite over yet, but players are already plotting their next moves. Derek Fisher’s career ended over the weekend and he is said to be a front runner for several coaching positions including the Knicks job. Shane Battier has reiterated that this will be his final season, and while the Heat prepare to open the Finals in San Antonio on Thursday, it was reported today that Battier will be joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst next year.
The transition to analyst should be a smooth one for Battier, who is extremely thoughtful about the game. His time in Houston with Daryl Morey familiarized him with the intricacies of the advanced statistics world and gave him a new view on approaching the game. There’s no doubt he’ll be able to relay the knowledge he’s gathered in his NBA career into his new broadcast role.
Among the different opportunities Battier has received was a role in the Pistons front office and running for a senate seat in Michigan. He turned those down, for now, to go into broadcasting, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to eventually see him move onto a front office role in the league.
There’s still the matter of getting through the Finals. At age 35, Battier has slowed down significantly in these playoffs, appearing in just 12 games so far. He’s averaging a career playoff low 3.1 points in 14.1 minutes per game in the post-season. Perhaps there’s one more surprise outing from him in the Finals before he calls it quits.
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