July 20, 2012 in Professional
Battier arrived in Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, and the first person he saw stepping off the plane was former NFL great Emmitt Smith, who greeted him by saying ”Congratulations, champ.”
”Doesn’t get any better,” Battier said.
Nearly a month after the Heat topped Oklahoma City in five games, Battier is still celebrating, with a couple of days of golf lessons at Duke this week serving as his preparation for Lake Tahoe. So clearly, he’s not too worried about where he’ll fare in a field expected to include the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Greg Maddux, John Elway, Tony Romo, Urban Meyer and actor Ray Romano.
After a celeb-am round Thursday, play formally starts Friday.
”Even if I’m terrible, I’m still an NBA champion,” Battier said.
Love that. And, to be fair to Shane, he did step it up in the playoffs, hitting 58 percent of his 3-pointers and playing his trademark intelligent defense.