The Miami Heat have added a former NBA Champion to their front office.
Shane Battier, who was part of the team’s 2012 and 2013 back-to-back title winning squad, has been recently named their director of basketball development and analytics. He will take on the role effective immediately and will be in-charge of developing analytics to evaluate talent that the Heat may add to their lineup in the future.
Heat have hired Shane Battier as the team's new Director of Basketball Development & Analytics.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 16, 2017
The 38-year-old Duke product talked about his excitement to once again be part of the organization and also revealed to the Associated Press via ESPN what he wants to bring back to the city.
“My goal, as is the entire organization’s, is to bring another championship back to Miami.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the front office of the Miami Heat. I look forward to working with the Arison family, learning from a Hall of Fame executive in Pat Riley, general manager Andy Elisburg and of course my old coach, Erik Spoelstra.”
Riley also spoke about Battier’s hiring and had nothing but good words for him.
“We believe Shane is an incredible example of our Heat program, not only for the present, but also for the future.” He embodies everything that we are looking for in our players and staff. We feel he will help us tremendously with his experience and knowledge of the game. Shane is an out-of-the-box thinker and will bring a fresh expertise that can help us evolve as a franchise.”
Battier played a total of 13 seasons in the NBA, three of those with the Heat. He made a name for himself as a knock down shooter and was one of the best defenders during his playing days.
He is a proven leader and is respected throughout the league. Battier even won Twyman-Stokes NBA Teammate of the Year award in 2014 and the Magic Johnson Award for excellence on the court with cooperation with media and fans in 2013.