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Krzyzewski helped push Shane Battier toward Miami

Aug 29, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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Shane Battier is an NBA champion, and there may be no other member of the Miami Heat team that seemed to savor the experience of the finals and winning than the veteran forward.

But it was Battier’s Duke connections that helped guide him to Miami.

When Battier was a free agent following the lockout, he got a call from Heat CEO Nick Arison — a former Blue Devil who was the team manager while Battier was in college and won a national title. They were friends and had a connection.

Then there was Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski who helped push Battier to South Beach, he told the Duke Chronicle (via SLAM).

Battier said he received a call of congratulations from Duke basketball head coach Krzyzewski, who has seen just him and Danny Ferry leave Durham to become NBA champions during his tenure.

“[Krzyzewski] was the one who wanted me to go to Miami more than anyone else,” Battier said. “In the end, like always, he was right.”

For some of you out there, Duke combined with Miami may be two-thirds of the Axis of Evil along with the Illuminati. But in case your curious, when asked during the NBA finals whether he got more Heat or Duke hate Battier said it wasn’t close — Duke in a landslide.

  1. mogogo1 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I’ve always liked Battier but, wow, this story is kind of over-the-top. Intelligent, veteran player wants to win a championship before retiring and the Miami Heat call…and it takes tons of outside influence to get him to sign? And Coach K is a genius, but realizing the Heat had a good shot at a championship wasn’t exactly a revelation.

    • pl4tinum514 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      He needed that extra outside influence because if he had signed there on his own volition he’d just be labeled as a team stacking bi-ch like the rest of the Heat.

      • skinsfanwill - Aug 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        I wonder what you would call all the Lakers.

  2. The Dribble Drive - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    That’s awesome. You gotta think Coach K’s relationship with LeBron, Wade and Bosh played into him saying that.

  3. lakerluver - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Winning an NBA title put the finishing touches on a fantastic basketball career for Battier. 3 time high school state champ, NCAA championship and NBA champ. Congrats on a fine career, Shane!!

  4. mitchem85 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    pl4tinum, “team stacking b**che$” ? goodness you’re an idiot.. this guy acts like free agency is only for the heat. stop whining and whipe the sand out your va jayjay little girl.

  5. dls612 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Talk about gratitude!!!

  6. thebigcaptain2011 - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    A lowdown dirty Shane….and I mean that affectionately.

  7. nobandwagonridersallowed - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Thanks Coach K! Shane is a consummate pro. He should have a major role within the NBA after his playing career is over if he wants.

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