Shane Battier

Shane Battier, born as Shane Courtney Battier on 9th September 1978 in Birmingham, Michigan, has been a U.S. basketball player. He played for several teams of National Basketball Association (NBA). At the same time, he has been associated with the U.S. National Basketball Team as a member. He has presently been the director of Basketball Development and Analytics of Miami Heat.

Personal Life

Battier spent his early life in Birmingham, Michigan, where he was born. He joined Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills which exists nearby. He was bestowed with many awards at his school, and these included Mr. Basketball Award 1997, and the Outstanding Student Award. After school, he joined Duke University where he took coaching in basketball from the famous coach Mike Krzyzewski. He played college basketball for four years at Duke where he had been declared as Defensive Player of the Year three times.

He was outstanding by his appearance as well as he was almost 6 feet and 7 inches by the time he reached seventh grade at his Country Day School. He had been the only student who had a white mother and a black father. Thus, he was treated like a black in a white community and a white in a black community. However, he did his graduation from the Detroit Country Day School with the grade point average of 3.96 and was declared Outstanding Student of the Year. At the end of the college career, he was selected for the ACC 50th Anniversary Basketball Team of men.

As for his conjugal life, Battier has married his long-time girlfriend Heidi Ufer from the High School days. The marriage ceremony was held in the summer of 2014. Thus, they dated for each other for many years before getting married. They have together two children; one named Zeke Edward Battier born on 2nd June 2008, and the other named Eloise born on 17th April 2011. He is leading a happy married life and has not divorced his wife as yet.

Career

Battier started his professional basketball career in 2001, and after playing for several teams retired in the year 2014. He began his professional career on being chosen by Memphis Grizzlies in 2001 NBA Draft. He remained associated with the Grizzlies up to 2006 and came out as a versatile and talented player. It was on 28th June 2006 that he joined the Houston Rockets. He had also been a member of the U.S. National Team which went on to win a bronze medal at FIBA World Championship 2006. He re-joined the Grizzlies on 24th February 2011 but was immediately released by the team.

He, then, joined the Miami Heat on 9th December 2011 and played for them. He retired officially from NBA after the completion of the NBA Finals in 2014. After retirement, he worked as a commentator for ESPN for a year. However, after that, he joined Miami Heat as director of Basketball Development and Analytics on 16th February 2017. As per his biography, his net worth is estimated at $25 million.