The most hated Duke basketball faces: Shane Battier
The heralded prospect out of Detroit Country Day School mastered the so-called “flop” on his way to drawing an NCAA record number of charges at Duke (his 111 is nearly double the amount of any other Duke basketball player ever since statisticians began recording the stat). That alone sent loads of bitter haters the way of Shane Battier.
Yet add to Battier’s charge-taking brilliance his nerdy behavior both on the court, where he shined to the tune of 1,984 points and 887 rebounds for his career via calculated efforts, and off the court, where his words had too many syllables and his ideas had too much depth for certain fans to comprehend.
Furthermore, consider that the “alien head” Battier cut down the nets in his final college game in 2001 as a newly crowned Duke basketball national champ. And don’t forget to factor in that there seems to be no player who has ever garnered more adoration and genuine respect from Mike Krzyzewski as his three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001).
Also, remember that Battier’s NBA career lasted until the age of 35 and included his 6-for-8 clip from downtown to help LeBron James and the Miami Heat win Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2013.
It’s a sad commentary on the warped minds of Duke-hating trolls, but all of the above observations about Battier, which should be looked at as marks of an awesome human being and a wise-beyond-his-years player, secured his place on “the hate list” forever.
However, with their relentless chants of “Who’s your daddy? Battier” at Duke basketball home games, the Cameron Crazies didn’t do much to shield Battier from the verbal attacks he witnessed during road games.
All those to come here know a thing or two about verbal attacks on the road…