Shane Battier says it would 'take an act of God' for him to not retire

By Royce Young | NBA writer

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Shane Battier plans to retire after the season. (Getty Images)

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Shane Battier is pretty sure of how his season will eventually end -- with his retirement.

Battier told reporters on Friday that he's certain of retiring at the end of this season, unless someone intervenes.

"It would take an act of God to change it and that act of God hasn't come," he said.

Battier had been hinting at the possibility of him calling it quits after this season, but this was definitely he clearest answer yet.

Battier's contract is up at the end of the season and at 35 years old, he's not interested in trying to seek out a new one. He said last summer he preferred to retire with the Heat and with a summer of uncertainty ahead, he'd rather not worry about where he'd land.

For Battier, this will be his 13th season but you have to calculate those in Battier years. Because the guy throws his body around, taking charges, defending bigger players, diving for loose balls -- all that stuff.

Battier's clearly lost a little bit, shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3. He's averaging a career-lows in points, rebounds and assists.

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