Shane Battier has peaked. He's not athletic. And that National
Championship trophy he won two months ago doesn't have upside printed on it.
While scouts remain more impressed with high school kids who don't work up a
sweat in games, Battier says its brains, not brawn that gets the job done in the
NBA. "Basketball players win basketball games," Battier told Insider. "Athletes
win track meets."
Battier who is among the most articulate and intelligent basketball players
to come along in a very long time remains philosophical about the workout
process and criticisms he keeps hearing as a player. "I look at it in terms of
the stock market," Battier said. "A lot of the younger guys are like the IPO's.
The potential for greatness is obviously there. But there's a chance that they
could dissolve and fail, as opposed to a blue-chip stock that you know will
improve steadily every single year."
Battier's stock may be on the rise
however. He reportedly bested Michigan State guard Jason Richardson
in the Atlanta Hawks "Superman" test -- where players basically
continue to dunk the ball until they can't get off the ground any more. And at
the NBA physicals, Battier scored highest on the lateral agility test. "People
checked their watches and said, "Is that right?' '' Battier said. "I'm not the
sloth that I'm sometimes made out to be. I do have some athletic ability.
Obviously, I'm not a Vince Carter or a Kobe
Bryant, but I'm athletic enough to get the job done."
Battier said he's more interested in being drafted by the right team than
being drafted number one. Again, the most mature stance to take. Though
Battier said it would be difficult to face the losing ways of a lottery team
(he's lost a total of 30 games in his high school and college career) he seemed
intrigued by the challenge a team like the Los Angeles Clippers would pose.
Battier would be one of the oldest players on a team filled with college drop
outs like Lamar Odom, Quentin Richardson, Keyon Dooling and
Darius Miles. "That would be interesting," Battier told
Insider. "I think I could come in right away and provide maturity and
consistency. These kids have one good game and think they've arrived. I think I
could provide the stability to make them even better."