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spreadeagle
06-17-2012, 03:21 AM
Funny
When you really think about it, it is kind of amazing that Shane Battier got the tiny bit of acclaim that he did thanks to a New York Times profile and an ability to put his hand almost on a shooter’s face without actually putting it on their face. At this point, you probably don’t even think about Shane Battier being the National Player of the Year in college, winning a national title or being selected No. 6 overall. Nowadays, Shane Battier is just a guy with a wrinkly head who is a good defender, even though people still think he’s great.

However, he’s still got that hand in the face move, and it’s just as effective as ever. After being popularized against Kobe Bryant, Battier’s brought it to the NBA Finals, where he’s used it to great success against Kevin Durant. And let me tell you, Kevin Durant no likey. From ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh:

When asked about Battier’s unorthodox blindfold technique on Wednesday at practice, Durant shook his head in frustration and offered this response:

“I absolutely hate it.” [...]

Battier has been waiting for this affirmation for years. This is the first time a star publicly acknowledged that Battier’s patented blindfold move actually works. After hearing word that Durant hated Battier’s technique, Battier gave a flourishing fist-pump.

“Yes!” Battier exclaimed. “Someone finally admitted it.”

Battier is most famous for using it on Kobe Bryant, but the Heat forward could never get Bryant to confess that the hand-in-the-face trick was effective. Then again, Bryant is never one to reveal weakness.

“See, for years Kobe would never admit it,” Battier said. “People generally don’t like to be touched in the face. They don’t like hands in the face. They just don’t like it.”

You know, Shane Battier makes a great point — people don’t like being touched in the face. Try it sometime. Go up to one of your best friends and touch them on the nose. Even though you and that person are very close, they’ll be like, “What are you doing?!” I have been testing this hypothesis since high school, so believe me when I tell you that people are VERY protective of their faces.

That’s why it should come as no surprise that Battier’s blindfold move works so well. As he says in Haberstroh’s piece, “I know I don’t like it so if I don’t like it, I know other guys won’t like it.” This makes total sense. Imagine shooting a jumper that you have a split-second to release in the first place, only at the last possible moment a 6-foot-8 dude rockets his hand in to your face but doesn’t touch it. Not only is it really good defense, it’s also kind of creepy, which has to be a big part of why it works so well.

It’s also interesting that Durant would admit he hates this move. When Dirk Nowitzki admitted the Nuggets had defenders who could guard him, he got killed for it. Now Durant is doing it in the middle of the NBA Finals and Battier is hearing he hates it, which could theoretically could lead to a lot more hands in the face. If we see LeBron James put his giant paw in Durant’s mug, we’ll know KD shouldn’t have said anything.

But for now, I guess we can just congratulate Shane Battier on making a super annoying maneuver famous. That is a weird accomplishment to have, but he’s got it. High five to him. Right in the face, preferably.

http://blogs.thescore.com/tbj/2012/06/14/kevin-durant-hates-shane-battiers-hand-in-the-face-move/

seikou8
06-17-2012, 04:39 AM
who wouldn't hate it i don't. no one likes hands in their face period

Knicks21
06-17-2012, 05:05 AM
Battier is not the first to use the strategy.

Eg714
06-17-2012, 05:11 AM
Durant gonna have a hand in his face the rest of the series now.

naps
06-17-2012, 05:14 AM
LOL. Good stuff. May be now LeBron can use it sometimes on KD since his jump shot seems like never missing in these finals.

Procision
06-17-2012, 05:18 AM
Or Durant doesn't mind it at all and is just playing mind games? lol

Knicks21
06-17-2012, 05:57 AM
Or Durant doesn't mind it at all and is just playing mind games? lol

Its that reverse psychology. He wants the hand in his face so he can blow by baseline, forces the defense to focus on his face instead of the ball.

Clever.

3ballbomber
06-17-2012, 06:06 AM
This is similar to a Poker player revealing his hand after his raked in a pot.....only great players reveal their hands and give the opportunity for other players to be able to read his plays because great players can outplay you regardless. And this is how i feel Durant is. Durant isn't going to give away a weakness unless he knows he can beat good defense w/ even better offense.

But you just gotta love a player like Durant. His up for any challenge.

TylerSL
06-17-2012, 07:28 AM
well then as a fan of the Heat and a competitor, I want Battier to continue to do it.

TylerSL
06-17-2012, 07:34 AM
This is similar to a Poker player revealing his hand after his raked in a pot.....only great players reveal their hands and give the opportunity for other players to be able to read his plays because great players can outplay you regardless. And this is how i feel Durant is. Durant isn't going to give away a weakness unless he knows he can beat good defense w/ even better offense.

But you just gotta love a player like Durant. His up for any challenge.

haha

Durant's just saying it out of frustration, stop making so much out of it.

Chronz
06-17-2012, 07:43 AM
Durant loves Battiers slow feet and propensity for helping off him just as much

lavilevi23
06-17-2012, 08:27 AM
good

Yankeefan213
06-17-2012, 09:34 AM
Durant gonna have a hand in his face the rest of the series now.

Even if he didnt say that he would

IndyRealist
06-17-2012, 09:43 AM
Reggie Miller move. Reggie was always an underrated defender.

IndyRealist
06-17-2012, 09:45 AM
This is similar to a Poker player revealing his hand after his raked in a pot.....only great players reveal their hands and give the opportunity for other players to be able to read his plays because great players can outplay you regardless. And this is how i feel Durant is. Durant isn't going to give away a weakness unless he knows he can beat good defense w/ even better offense.

But you just gotta love a player like Durant. His up for any challenge.

Great poker players never reveal their hand.

theheatles
06-17-2012, 09:54 AM
Great poker players never reveal their hand.

This

The Flash
06-17-2012, 09:57 AM
He's hitting his shots with the hand in his face anyway

xxplayerxx23
06-17-2012, 11:15 AM
Doesnt seem to be working to well?

Hawkeye15
06-17-2012, 11:22 AM
biggest "duh" of all time.

TylerSL
06-17-2012, 11:28 AM
his jump shot seems like never missing in these finals.

his jump shot never seems to miss ever.....

xxplayerxx23
06-17-2012, 11:35 AM
his jump shot never seems to miss ever.....

I think he was talking Lebron

I Rock Shaqs
06-17-2012, 11:50 AM
LOL i mainly come on here( main forum) just to get a good laugh, he only said it because he was frustrated, some of you are making him out like he's some sort of military strategist.

StinkEye
06-17-2012, 12:01 PM
Battier's fingers smell like poo poo, that's why.

CHANGO
06-17-2012, 12:09 PM
Or maybe he's just saying it... LMAO let's make a C.S.I Oklahoma now!

MR.TRIPDUB
06-17-2012, 12:18 PM
here in the philippines defenders are not allowed to do that, its an automatic foul or tech not sure but its definitely illegal here. much like the landing spot issue, they would like to protect shooters from injuries i suppose.

Baller1
06-17-2012, 12:19 PM
Obviously.

llemon
06-17-2012, 12:25 PM
It's the way Russell defended Wilt.

Piercefan34
06-17-2012, 12:39 PM
yeah this isn't any battier patented move. thats just a good defensive play he didnt invent this lol do any of you guys actually play basketball or just talk about it?

spreadeagle
06-17-2012, 02:28 PM
here in the philippines defenders are not allowed to do that, its an automatic foul or tech not sure but its definitely illegal here. much like the landing spot issue, they would like to protect shooters from injuries i suppose.

hmmm interesting, kind of like in american football, defenders have to have an eye on he ball when trying to bat it down in the air, or its called screening, similar rule I guess

spreadeagle
06-17-2012, 02:30 PM
yeah this isn't any battier patented move. thats just a good defensive play he didnt invent this lol do any of you guys actually play basketball or just talk about it?

lol obviously he didnt invent putting a hand in some guys face, its like screeming when someone shoots, distraction method, just funny Durant admitted he hated it so much, and that Kobe always refused to admit it haha

justinnum1
06-17-2012, 02:30 PM
battier doesnt have the length to contest durant so he is just doing the best he can, i dont think it works very well because by the time he gets his hand in durants face, durant has already seen the rim on the rise and is locked in. I understand KD doesn;t like it but KD has still been highly effective

KB-Pau-DH2012
06-17-2012, 02:34 PM
Well, see as you're not even allowed to body up KD because of the refs, this is the only thing to do.

greg_ory_2005
06-17-2012, 02:57 PM
I love doing this when playing ball. It's so fun pissing people off by waving my hand in their face. :laugh2:

John Walls Era
06-17-2012, 03:46 PM
This is similar to a Poker player revealing his hand after his raked in a pot.....only great players reveal their hands and give the opportunity for other players to be able to read his plays because great players can outplay you regardless. And this is how i feel Durant is. Durant isn't going to give away a weakness unless he knows he can beat good defense w/ even better offense.

But you just gotta love a player like Durant. His up for any challenge.

Lets play poker some time.

ccg34
06-17-2012, 04:18 PM
here in the philippines defenders are not allowed to do that, its an automatic foul or tech not sure but its definitely illegal here. much like the landing spot issue, they would like to protect shooters from injuries i suppose.

Go Talk N Text! Jimmy Alapag! My favorite player though is Marcio Lassiter.

MrfadeawayJB
06-17-2012, 05:01 PM
If its true he should have never said that