The Miami Heat are preparing to play the San Antonio Spurs but the games played in the NBA Finals will be the last of the NBA career for Shane Battier. After saying he was retiring earlier this season, Battier has seemingly stuck true to his word and already has a post-basketball gig lined up for him.
According to The Big Lead, Battier will be leaving the Heat — as expected — and will be joining ESPN’s College Basketball coverage for the 2014 season.
Shane Battier, who said two months ago that he would be retiring after this NBA season barring an “act of God,” has agreed to a multi-year TV deal with ESPN to be a college basketball analyst next season, multiple sources have told The Big Lead. It’s unclear yet if ESPN will use Battier, 35, as a game analyst, in the studio, or on the set of College Gameday, which is being revamped.
This isn’t all that surprising as we’ve seen Battier do television work for ESPN in the past including work at the NBA Draft last year and he’s never been one to shy away from a camera when analyzing basketball or talking about the game. He was a star at Duke, something we tend to forget sometimes, so going back to the college ranks to talk about basketball seems to be a natural fit.
So as if the Heat all didn’t have enough motivation to win a third straight title this year, giving Shane Battier a chance to retire on top is on the list of motivations.