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Reports: Shane Battier to join ESPN team after retirement

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There’s not much time left for Shane Battier. His career is almost over. With the Heat winning game two over the San Antonio Spurs, there’s at least one more guaranteed game. Battier didn’t log any minutes in game two of the NBA Finals, but he saw 14 minutes of playing time in game one, grabbing one rebound and one assist.

What’s next for Battier? His entire life has been about basketball, so it’s only fitting that he continues somehow with the sport, considering he has logged a 12-year career with professional basketball.

According to reports from The Big Lead, Battier will be joining ESPN as a college basketball commentator and analyst. If this is in fact the case for Battier’ future, he’ll be in good company. For ESPN, there are several commentators and analysts who played or coached basketball before turning to sports journalism.

For example: Terry Gannon played college basketball for N.C. State and played in Europe. Mark Adams coached different smaller college programs from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. Jay Bilas played college basketball for Duke, was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, and has played professional basketball in Europe. Adrian Branch played for Maryland and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls and played for different various NBA organizations. He also has played all over the world on teams in Australia, Europe, Asia and Central America. Doris Burke played college basketball for Providence College. Dan Dakich was a Hoosier under Bob Knight and coached at several different institutions.

However, Battier could have gone a completely different direction with his life after the NBA. He was approached to run for a potential Senate bid by the Michigan Democratic Party, but politely declined the offer.

Whatever his future holds, he’s made something of himself in the basketball world, and he’s sure to succeed in whatever he does.

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