Apr 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Shane Battier (31) warms up before a game against the Charlotte Bobcats in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Battier Turned Down Chance to Run For Office in Michigan

When players get close to retirement, we begin to think about what their careers after basketball will hold and where they will end up when they can no longer play the game. The smarter the player, the more likely they are to have a successful post-playing career and Shane Battier has a bright future ahead.

According to Zach Lowe of Grandland, Battier turned down a chance to for Senate in the state of Michigan.

Battier is nearing retirement now, and he can no longer shoot, dribble, or defend like he once did. 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, but he’s closer to retirement than he is to the player who helped Miami unlock its identity. He has enjoyed the rivalry, which has produced an intensity so serious that Battier said he has never discussed it even in quiet moments with any of Indiana’s players. “No, no, no,” he said. “The way the games have gone, that just wouldn’t be a possibility.”

The Miami Heat may not be getting Battier in his prime but it’s hard to just write him off as simply not being as good as he once was like Lowe does. It’s true that age has chipped away at Battier over the years but we’re seeing him make plays when he needs to and that’s really all Miami requires of him.

As far as this life in political office that may await him, we’d much rather like to see Battier return to the game of basketball in a front office or coaching capacity, but he’s an intelligent man and no one doubts that he has a great life waiting for him beyond basketball.

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