Former Miami Heat champion and all-around good guy Shane Battier is returning to the organization in a new role as Director of Basketball Development & Analytics.
Battier’s duties will include the “development of analytics in evaluating all talent, including college, free agents and current Miami players,” according to the team’s press release.
“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our Heat program, not only for the present, but also for the future,” said Pat Riley. “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.”
Battier finished an illustrious NBA playing career playing three season with the Heat and playing an integral role in winning back-to-back titles. He appeared in 210 games (86 starts) in Miami, averaging 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 22.6 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the field. He also won the Twyman-Stokes NBA Teammate of the Year award in 2014 and the Magic Johnson Award for excellence on the court with cooperation with media and fans in 2013.
“I am thrilled to be joining the front office of the Miami Heat,” said Shane Battier. “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.”
His charitable (and artistic) contributions to Miami are highlighted by his annual Battioke event held by his Take Charge Foundation which features Heat players and the front office, among others, “singing” along to pop hits. (Click on these videos at your own risk!)
Battier’s addition to the front office continues the Heat’s tradition of bringing back former players for major roles within the organization, joining Alonzo Mourning, Keith Askins, Chris Quinn and Juwan Howard.