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Shane Battier says Michigan Democratic Party asked him about running for U.S. Senate

Jun 2, 2014, 12:46 PM EST

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Shane Battier has been fairly effective in the playoffs – only because the Heat have been very careful about when an how to use him.

Battier barely played against the Bobcats, had a larger role against the smaller Nets and chose his spots wisely against the Pacers.

At 35, Battier is facing the end of his career. He might win another championship this year. He might even play another season or two.

But the end is in sight.

So, what’s next?

Zach Lowe of Grantland:

The Michigan Democratic Party recently called him to see if he might consider running to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Battier said. He declined

There is likely a wide gap between getting asked asked to consider running and getting asked to run. I would be surprised if the Michigan Democratic Party didn’t inquire with several potential candidates to replace Levin, who announced he was retiring after six terms.

But it’s telling that Battier was even on the radar.

He’s the current Teammate of the Year, and he frequently pops up in surveys about which current player would make the best coach or general manager. If he wants a future in basketball, he has one.

He could aim wider, though.

Battier, who grew up in Michigan before attending Duke, is still widely respected in his home state. He might not be viewed as a politician right now, but his name recognition will open doors if he wants to pursue that route.

Whatever Battier wants to do after retiring, he’s capable of making it happen.

  1. papichulo55 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Another Bill Bradley? I think he would make a good Senator. He has rubbed elbows, no pun intended, with people from all over, domestic and foreign. He knows the value of teamwork, and is able to thrive in different roles.

    Too bad I don’t live in Michigan, as I would surely campaign and vote for him!

  2. azarkhan - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    In other words, no experience required to be a US Senator from Michigan. Sad.

    • hannsta - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Far less victories there than on the Heat.

  3. savvybynature - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I like Battier, but agree that it seems like you should run for and hold a lower office first before just jumping into the US Senate.
    There are a lot of complex issues that need to be understood thoroughly to be an effective Senator.

    • papichulo55 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Bill Bradley, Kevin, Johnson, Dave Bing, Jack Kemp, Lynn Swann, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Larget, Tom Osborne, J.C Watts, Jim Bunning, Heath Schuler,…. All successful politicians who were athletes first.

      If you REALLY think that U.S Senators must have prior public office experience, then you should be a good citizen and work towards changing our Constitution, where the qualifications are clearly defined.

      • savvybynature - Jun 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        Yes, I REALLY think experience is important.
        That doesn’t mean I think we need a Constitutional amendment enshrining my opinion as law, buddy, so relax. Unlike some people, I respect others right to their opinions too.

      • papichulo55 - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        @Savvy, you do realize that you are admitting that you can’t judge Battier by the content of his character, or his knowledge of the issues affecting the people of Michigan. Instead, you just roll out the same nebulous BS that has been used to deny equal opportunity to women and minorities for too many years.

        Our Constitution defines who can hold public office. Our sense of fairness should define how we implement our laws. Its ok that you publicly state that don’t like Battier for The US Senate. Just be prepared to answer ‘Why?’. Be specific! You don’t think he knows enough about the impact of NAFTA on Michigan Exports? Then say so. You think he is not sensitive to the issues of the raising the Minimum Wage? Thats OK. I personally think he will be able to hold his own while debating these things.

        Its people like you who want to circumvent giving everybody a fair chance by planting that ‘They Aint Ready’ seed. I don’t object to your opinions, sir. Are you offended that they have been challenged?

      • savvybynature - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        So since I think experience is important and that going directly from being a professional athlete to the US Senate is a bit premature, I’m trying to hold women and minorities down?
        Wow man, lay off the pipe.
        And I never said I don’t like Battier. In fact, I said the opposite, that I DO like Battier. It was the very first thing I said. Learn to read and maybe you won’t have to rely on conspiracies and paranoia to understand the world around you.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Actually most “issues” are just fabrications of politicians and their corporate owners. The real issues aren’t that complex.

      This country would be better off if congress was immediately replaced by the NBA players.

    • papichulo55 - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      @savvybynature. The Poll Tax, Property Tests and Literacy Tests were all defeated. Too bad Battier has decided not to run for office. He would have been a perfect candidate to defeat your thinly veiled attempt at 21st Century Jim Crow, The Resume Test.

  4. hannsta - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Far less victories there than on the Heat.

  5. westof1club - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Doesn’t he have to be related to King George III to legitimately be considered a viable candidate? #bluebloods

  6. weaselpuppy - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    well if he wins, after 2 years he’d be qualified to be President based on current trends

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