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spreadeagle
11-19-2011, 04:55 AM
Hes always presented himself as a smart classy player,I think if more NBA players were like him wed be in better shape..seems like a dude who wont go broke if he never played ball again


Instead of waiting out the NBA lockout by playing hoops overseas (or simply, playing video games at the crib for months on end), Shane Battier tells KILT in Houston that he could go out there and get, like, a ďrealĒ 9-to-5 job. Per SRI: ďWhatís the offseason been like? Have you been involved with the lockout?: ĎIíve been a conscientious observer of the process. I really havenít been too involved with the mediators, but Iíve been talking to different representatives and guys in the know in the inner circle and given my two cents. Obviously, it stinks. Thereís no way around it. The players feel terrible and itís a no-win situation. Thereís not going to be a winner out of this scenario. Unfortunately itís the ugly business side of what we do. Itís the side that normally never creeps up, but in times of collective bargaining negotiation, and Iím sure that you guys are sick of reading antitrust law Ö but itís the reality of our business.í Whatís it been like to go through the lockout process as a free agent?: ĎLife goes on, it really goes on. Iím fortunate to have played 10 years in the league. Iím secure in who I am. At this point, Iím confident that if the NBA were to never settle, I could go out and get a job and use my brain to provide for my family. Thatís allowed me amazing piece of mind to just start thinking about post-basketball, but at the same time be ready for when we do settle, if we settle, to be ready to go.í What do you say to fans who say theyíve grown disinterested in the NBA due to the lockout and say they wonít come back?: ĎI feel for them. I canít deny their feelings, but I know that when we do settle, the players will do their best to win back our fans. We have unbelievable fans. Anyone whoís an NBA fan or has been to an NBA game Ö knows that we share a bond and a passion over basketball. In the end, the game always wins. You can talk about the litigation and the arguments, but basketball is basketball and itís never going away. Weíre hopeful that people donít lose sight of that.íĒ
http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2011/11/shane-battier-prepared-to-get-a-job-if-nba-lockout-lingers/

RevisIsland
11-19-2011, 04:59 AM
With a Duke degree finding a 9 to 5 shouldn't be too hard.

spreadeagle
11-19-2011, 05:01 AM
With a Duke degree finding a 9 to 5 shouldn't be too hard.

They may not turn out to many great pro's but at least the dudes have a life after basketball

Raps18-19 Champ
11-19-2011, 05:25 AM
Anyone know what he majored in and what type of job he wants?

spreadeagle
11-19-2011, 05:29 AM
I read some crazy stat somewhere that said like 60 percent of NBA players go broke within like 5 yrs after they stop playing "or something close to that" makes you really think...these dudes just do not realize that when they have retired or are cut in there late 20's early 30's they have to live 40 50 more yrs on like 5 10 15 mil they have saved up..and with inflation every few yrs it goes man

cbreezy34
11-19-2011, 05:39 AM
As hated as Duke seems to be by the general public your not gonna find nicer players then Battier, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Loul Deng Etc. I could honestly see Battier or Grant Hill running for president... that's how much respect I have for them.

More-Than-Most
11-19-2011, 05:45 AM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

Gmac
11-19-2011, 06:11 AM
Battiers a great guy. Went to the celebrity golf tournament in Tahoe this year with my buddies and kept running into him in the casino playing craps having a good time with everyone and even got a picture with him. totally classy guy and nothing but respect for him and the rest of his career.

king4day
11-19-2011, 10:00 AM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

These kids feel indestructable. They all think they just need to get their foot in the door and then they are set.

I'm sure this is why they are looking to raise the age limit to 20 years or whatever it is.

Regarding the article, I don't see why he doesn't look for a job overseas, make a decent amount and leave.

jaidawg66
11-19-2011, 10:22 AM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

Yea, that sounds real good. However, a lot of these guys come from stuggling families. An opportunity is presented to them to make money and at least do things for their mothers and other family members. It is easy for a per say, Grant Hill to go to school for four years. Hell, his financial situation at home was stable. But guys like Iverson, who came from absolutely nothing, have an opportunity to make major money. It is much easier to stay and get your degree when everything at home is straight. I dont blame these guys for leaving early. I hate that they raised the age limit. They should have kept it where it was initially. Dont blame these guys for leaving early. Blame the organizations for drafting them.

koreancabbage
11-19-2011, 10:47 AM
Yea, that sounds real good. However, a lot of these guys come from stuggling families. An opportunity is presented to them to make money and at least do things for their mothers and other family members. It is easy for a per say, Grant Hill to go to school for four years. Hell, his financial situation at home was stable. But guys like Iverson, who came from absolutely nothing, have an opportunity to make major money. It is much easier to stay and get your degree when everything at home is straight. I dont blame these guys for leaving early. I hate that they raised the age limit. They should have kept it where it was initially. Dont blame these guys for leaving early. Blame the organizations for drafting them.

right :rolleyes:

always put the blame on someone else. typical.

Cal827
11-19-2011, 11:28 AM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

This. Even without the strike, there could be many other factors that could cause an average or borderline player's career to end quickly (E.g. A brutal injury).

effen5
11-19-2011, 11:32 AM
Every young nba player should go back and get their college degree like Vince Carter did.

That means you Tyrus Thomas you stupid ****.

VillaMaravilla
11-19-2011, 11:57 AM
As hated as Duke seems to be by the general public your not gonna find nicer players then Battier, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Loul Deng Etc. I could honestly see Battier or Grant Hill running for president... that's how much respect I have for them.

that school just is something else when its comes to their basketball program, they just dont produce good players they produce good people, coach K is an amazing teacher not just in basketball but preparing these young men for life it seems

effen5
11-19-2011, 12:02 PM
that school just is something else when its comes to their basketball program, they just dont produce good players they produce good people, coach K is an amazing teacher not just in basketball but preparing these young men for life it seems

Well I think Coach K makes sure he recruits good people. For example, I was a senior in high school when Jon Scheyer started beastin in high school basketball but we all knew that kid has a really good head on his shoulders. He wasn't just an amazing basketball player but he was a good person.

homestarunner93
11-19-2011, 12:16 PM
That's what a Duke degree will do for you.

AndyfromNeptune
11-19-2011, 12:28 PM
With a Duke degree finding a 9 to 5 shouldn't be too hard.

I was legit thinking this when i read the original post.

Good call.

tcav701
11-19-2011, 12:29 PM
why cant all players be like this?

The fact the league doesnt promote guys like Battier and Duncan is a shame.

netsgiantsyanks
11-19-2011, 12:30 PM
he could find a decent job with a duke degree like some people said, unlike other players who either didn't go to college or were one and dones. i bet none of them thought about circumstances like this.

AndyfromNeptune
11-19-2011, 12:30 PM
that school just is something else when its comes to their basketball program, they just dont produce good players they produce good people, coach K is an amazing teacher not just in basketball but preparing these young men for life it seems

great post. legit, this was pretty much verbatim what i put as my facebook status the other night when he got 903

netsgiantsyanks
11-19-2011, 12:30 PM
why cant all players be like this?

The fact the league doesnt promote guys like Battier and Duncan is a shame.

it's all about the glamour, i guess.

AndyfromNeptune
11-19-2011, 12:32 PM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

I think players that go to the NBA should be required to have either an Associates Degree or have one year of pro basketball experience.


There should be some type of prerequisite in terms of experience to get into the NBA.

dtmagnet
11-19-2011, 12:47 PM
Battier has always been one of my favorite players for these types of reasons, he seems to take an apologetic stance on the lockout as well.

dhopisthename
11-19-2011, 01:41 PM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

problem is that most only go to one year and all of that simply because they are not, to put it frankly, smart enough. I was once watching an Al Jefferson interview and they asked him on his decision on why he didn't go to college and he flat out said he wasn't smart enough and if you look at what someone said where nba players go broke 5 years after being in the league things like this shouldn't surprise you.

lakers4sho
11-19-2011, 01:44 PM
There's no such thing as "not smart enough". Maybe you have different priorities, but everyone is "smart enough" to get a college degree.

Sounds like a cop out if you ask me.

Hellcrooner
11-19-2011, 02:36 PM
if ncaa stopped playing b.s and saying its "amateur" when in reality is a bussines that creates a TON of money that they DONT SHARE with the players ( dont come back to me with the "paying their studies" crap) and started paying a salary to its players like say 100000 dollars a year per player ( every player gets the SAME salary in all of the teams) then and only then you can ask for them to have to go trough the 4 years.

dhopisthename
11-19-2011, 02:43 PM
There's no such thing as "not smart enough". Maybe you have different priorities, but everyone is "smart enough" to get a college degree.

Sounds like a cop out if you ask me.

it could be, but for some college would be a nightmare that wouldn't do anything but hold them back for 4 years

sunnydayin'zona
11-19-2011, 02:46 PM
This. Even without the strike, there could be many other factors that could cause an average or borderline player's career to end quickly (E.g. A brutal injury).

Well, there's also the chance that they get injured in college ball.

But aside from that, I'm for making players stay in college more than one year

cbreezy34
11-19-2011, 03:00 PM
I fully expect Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving to be popular players amongst the average NBA fans. Nolan is already friends with almost all of the NBA players and he hasn't even set foot on an NBA court yet. TrailBlazer fans are lucky to have such a good ambassador of the game.

Wisdom Listens
11-19-2011, 03:26 PM
I read some crazy stat somewhere that said like 60 percent of NBA players go broke within like 5 yrs after they stop playing "or something close to that" makes you really think...these dudes just do not realize that when they have retired or are cut in there late 20's early 30's they have to live 40 50 more yrs on like 5 10 15 mil they have saved up..and with inflation every few yrs it goes man

That's why you need to invest your money and not spend like a crazy person. Live how you would live if you are retired from the NBA while you're playing and you shouldn't have a problem.

rabzouz 96
11-19-2011, 03:30 PM
if ncaa stopped playing b.s and saying its "amateur" when in reality is a bussines that creates a TON of money that they DONT SHARE with the players ( dont come back to me with the "paying their studies" crap) and started paying a salary to its players like say 100000 dollars a year per player ( every player gets the SAME salary in all of the teams) then and only then you can ask for them to have to go trough the 4 years.

not too bad of an idea

THE_FLASH_21
11-19-2011, 03:31 PM
they may not turn out to many great pro's but at least the dudes have a life after basketball

+1

blahblahyoutoo
11-19-2011, 04:33 PM
This is why I wish they would force players to get their degree and stay in school. I know I know they are grown men and they are allowed to do what they want but being a great basketball player in the nba is something only few can accomplish... Why not get a degree to fall back on?

most guys in the league wouldn't even graduate jr. high school if it weren't for athletics.
it's what happens when the ghetto, thug life is glorified in their culture.

that said, to keep this on topic, battier is one of my favorite players in the league.
by far, he is the most classy.

netsgiantsyanks
11-19-2011, 04:52 PM
most guys in the league wouldn't even graduate jr. high school if it weren't for athletics.
it's what happens when the ghetto, thug life is glorified in their culture.

that said, to keep this on topic, battier is one of my favorite players in the league.
by far, he is the most classy.

#thuglifeftw

astrosmaniac
11-19-2011, 07:45 PM
most guys in the league wouldn't even graduate jr. high school if it weren't for athletics.
it's what happens when the ghetto, thug life is glorified in their culture.

that said, to keep this on topic, battier is one of my favorite players in the league.
by far, he is the most classy.

bull ****. unless you have a mental defect, everyone is smart enough to graduate jr. high. now they might not be motivated or have a bad home life, but they are damn sure smart enough

Bruno
11-19-2011, 07:50 PM
Battier is much smarter than the average NBA player. He'd have no problem in the real world without basketball. good for him.

Mc Lovin
11-19-2011, 08:15 PM
I'd hire him but he wouldn't last a day doing concrete foundations.

WadeKobe
11-19-2011, 08:32 PM
With a Duke degree finding a 9 to 5 shouldn't be too hard.

Eh, that depends. In a down economy, sometimes the overqualified are often hurt. Especially considering he has a strange job market.

1) As someone who played basketball all through college and after college, he doesn't have the experience to be qualified for high-paying jobs which his degree qualifies him for.

2) As someone with a degree from Duke, he is probably over-educated for the jobs his experience qualifies him for, and places would be more comfortable hiring someone they don't see leaving once they get some necessary experience.

3) His undergrad work was in religion. That probably won't be much help in the 9-5 job market.

He's a hard worker, great guy, and smart guy. I don't doubt he'd find something. However, I don't think it's so simple as being in a good position because he went to Duke. The job market is far more complex than that, especially in an employer's market with high unemployment rates and a recession.

beasted86
11-19-2011, 09:30 PM
most guys in the league wouldn't even graduate jr. high school if it weren't for athletics.
it's what happens when the ghetto, thug life is glorified in their culture.

that said, to keep this on topic, battier is one of my favorite players in the league.
by far, he is the most classy.

Ignorance at it's finest.

There are very few times a post actually deserves a true: :facepalm:

Chacarron
11-19-2011, 09:35 PM
Apparently Shane Battier majored in religion.

lakers4sho
11-20-2011, 12:25 AM
Apparently Shane Battier majored in religion.

Well Metta World Peace majored in math, can't beat that.

iggypop123
11-20-2011, 12:38 AM
battier will likely go to the executive route once retired, possibly gm.

ClippersE.G
11-20-2011, 02:14 AM
Shane Battier was one of the few guys I genuinely liked in the NBA...but for those who followed him on Twitter, he was being sarcastic. Joking just like all the other players on Twitter. He probably is only making it seem like he really is to make up for him getting caught up in the whole "looking for a job" thing...

JordansBulls
11-20-2011, 10:55 AM
battier will likely go to the executive route once retired, possibly gm.

Didn't he get straight "A's" at Duke?

gwrighter
11-20-2011, 11:21 AM
if ncaa stopped playing b.s and saying its "amateur" when in reality is a bussines that creates a TON of money that they DONT SHARE with the players ( dont come back to me with the "paying their studies" crap) and started paying a salary to its players like say 100000 dollars a year per player ( every player gets the SAME salary in all of the teams) then and only then you can ask for them to have to go trough the 4 years.

But they do pay them money lol. They pay their school fees & living expenses.:D

4 years is too long imo, you want to get some good value out of the players for as long as possible. but 2 or 3(stretch) would be preferable. Let's not forget that these players don't have to join the NCAA, they can go to foreign leagues to play for cash if they want & wait til they're 20. There are other options for the players. But if they want to go the NCAA route they have to adhere to the rules, playing basketball for $$ is a privilege.

There is no way anybody can justify paying a pine riding walk-on player 100000 for doing absolutely nothing. And if you look at it, People are bigger team fans than they are player fans in the NCAA. Since the turnover rate is so much higher you can't become attached to one player since that player will probably be gone in a year or 2. The players don't create much value as freshmen are going to go to the games & scream their head off no matter who you have on the court. In the NBA though you get more fanboys who only like a team because of one player.

dtmagnet
11-20-2011, 03:12 PM
I'd hire him but he wouldn't last a day doing concrete foundations.

Why not?