Shane Battier: A Real Role Model for This Decade, the Next One, and Beyond

December 23rd, 2009 by Denton Ramsey Leave a reply »
Hey kids, y’all want a real role model?

Try the Houston Rockets’ Shane Battier.

Battier is the real deal, and what you see is what you get.

From his days at Duke to his current moments in a Rockets jersey, Battier is the definition of everything good in sports.

After four years under the greatest coach ever in Mike Krzyzewski, Battier has learned to be an all-around athlete on the hardwood, leading by example both on and off the court.

Sorry, Shane, not meaning to put any added pressure on you; but I doubt you mind it.

In fact, when recent news surfaced that TMZ would soon be creating a sports site, Battier could only chuckle.

“That’s the last thing we need as athletes,” Battier told Houston Chronicle writer Jeffrey Martin. “The way I look at it is, people want to have the experience of being an athlete or being a rock star. Being on the inside… That’s what pro sports have sold, be it helmet cams or cameras in the locker room.

"It’s become a very, I think, dangerous thing, trying to mess with the integrity of the sport when you allow too much access. It’s unfortunate ...

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