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Shane Battier memorializes grandmother with ‘Battle’ nickname jersey

Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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Shane Battier doesn’t have a  well-established nickname, though I guess “Batman” comes closest. So, when Battier learned the Miami Heat would wear nickname jerseys a few times this season, he was stuck. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:

Miami forward Shane Battier – who wasn’t exactly thrilled about the nickname idea – said he wanted to wear ”Batman” on his jersey, though was told that Warner Brothers holds the rights to that name, and other players have also had to deal with copyright-related issues with their suggested monikers. Battier said he’ll go with ”Shaneo” instead.

Thankfully, instead of pushing “Shaneo” into our lexicon, Battier found a better idea, wearing “Battle” on the back of his jersey. Phil Latzman of 90.9 wbur Boston:

“I’m using this opportunity for the nickname jersey to pay a tribute to a great lady, who passed away and touched a lot of people,” Heat forward Shane Battier said. “It’s my way of saying, ‘I love you grandma.’”

Battier’s  grandmother Mary Battle died last year.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, to pay homage to my family, and to see them fired up and care so much about something that is trivial to most of the guys,” Battier said. “It’s kind of cool.”

A few years ago, Battier explained why his paternal grandmother had a slightly different last name than he did. Bad hand-writing.

I don’t think “Battle” will stick as Battier’s nickname. He’s a tough player, but his style isn’t quite physical enough to match the traditional meaning of the word.

But for a few times this season, it’s a perfect name to go on the back of his jersey.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Shane’s a good dude but this is barely newsworthy.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      We have cool usernames.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        word

  2. christophershearin - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    maybe he could have gone with The Flop

  3. LilTmac2003 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    With all due respect to Shane Battier and the reasoning behind the nickname, I’m not really for putting anything as your nickname.

    You have to earn a nickname, not just chose one out of no where and go with it. Wear a headband or an armband to pay respect towards your cause.

    I’m against the nickname jersey thing in general, but at least LeBron is actually called King James.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Battier did earn the “No-Stats All-Star” nickname, so he could’ve went with that.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      ah, nobody calls him King James and it doesn’t matter if you like it and we live
      in America so you can give yourself a nick name, Shaq gave himself several.
      Please stop with the nick name rules, they are ridiculous and there is no rule.

  4. reesesteel23 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Wow

    Years ago, an old head from Mississippi told me Shane Battier’s last name used to be Battle but as he got older, a certain side of the family changed the name to Battier.(Cant remember the reasoning, but hell, I didn’t believe the guy. Just thought it was a liquored up old man).

    It all makes sense now lol

  5. monkeyhateclean - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    These nick-name jerseys will be the lamest cash-grab stunt by the NBA until they finally release jerseys with ads on them.

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