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Shane Battier rejected request to make Senate bid

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Shane Battier could have reached for a Senate seat.   (USATSI)
Shane Battier could have reached for a Senate seat. (USATSI)

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Shane Battier told Grantland.com that the Michigan Democratic Party reached out to him for a potential Senate bid, which he declined.

Battier is nearing retirement now, and he can no longer shoot, dribble, or defend like he once did. The Michigan Democratic Party recently called him to see if he might consider running to replace U.S. Senator Carl Levin, Battier said. He declined, but he's closer to retirement than he is to the player who helped Miami unlock its identity. He has enjoyed the rivalry, which has produced an intensity so serious that Battier said he has never discussed it even in quiet moments with any of Indiana's players. “No, no, no,” he said. “The way the games have gone, that just wouldn't be a possibility.”

via We Went There: Thoughts From Miami «.

The Heat forward's career will go down quietly, but keenly remembered by those who appreciated his cerebral approach to the game and focused work effort. He has an exceptional mind, no "for an athlete" qualifier needed. He'll have his pick of what to do next, from business and philanthropy, to media analysis to politics. His interests stretch well beyond the game, but with the Heat on the verge of a third straight Finals appearance since Battier arrived, and a potential third ring for the former Grizzlie and Rocket, Battier's career should be celebrated as well.

Either way, you can bet we'll be hearing more from Battier after his plays his final game next month.


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