Jun 4, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Miami Heat forward Shane Battier (31) speaks to the media before practice before game one of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonia Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Battier Thanks Miami Heat with Tweet

Shane Battier is hanging up the kicks and picking up the mic, retiring after 12 seasons to become a college basketball analyst with ESPN. He took to Twitter Tuesday to thank the Miami Heat and owner Micky Arison for bringing him to Miami, where he won two championships.

Earlier, Arison tweeted to Battier to congratulate him on his retirement from the court.

Talking with reporters Tuesday, Battier said that signing with Miami three seasons ago was the “best professional decision of my career.”

Battier was key to Miami’s small ball approach during their championship runs. Playing the 4 and guarding much bigger players on defense, he spaced the floor on offense to give LeBron James and Dwyane Wade more room to operate in the paint.

His numbers in the box score will never justify his impact on his teams. His ability to make the little play that can change a game will be missed.

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