Shane Battier “The Duke Hate Was Worse Than The Heat Hate”
Mac Attack 6/26/12: Miami Heat SF Shane Battier stops by and talks with the guys about winning the NBA championship to go along with a college national championship.
Battier admitted that the bitterness facing the Heat was evident throughout the season, but persisting regardless of the doubt and criticism made success that much more rewarding.
“Obviously this team received a lot of scrutiny,” Battier said. “Every time we lost people were ready to be fired and traded and all the above. But we persevered, had some huge efforts in the postseason, and beat some really good teams to be crowned champions. It’s an amazing culmination of a long year.”
Duke faced quite a bit of public distaste when Battier won his college championship 11 years ago. We asked him how that was similar to the current situation at Miami.
“The biggest difference was when I played at Duke I never saw one Battier jersey in an opposing arena…At least in these arenas we go to now, in every city there’s some Lebron and Dwayne jerseys out there.”
Despite any criticism, Battier has the bragging rights to both a college and professional championship. We asked him which was more gratifying.
“When I won the championship at Duke, I was the ringleader and that was my team, so there’s a certain satisfaction of being the team captain,” Battier said. “Here I was one of the role players, and I had an important role, but the 11-year journey makes this one sweet in a different way. For a long time I never thought I’d get a chance, and that’s all I really wanted.”