September 1, 2011
He can't jump very high. He's not very fast. His own NBA General Manager once explained that, "At best, he's a marginal athlete." So why has Shane Battier been an unexplainable but invaluable cog to every team he has ever suited up for? With a mix of self-deprecation, grit, dedication, and an understanding of randomness, find out why bestselling Moneyball and Liar's Poker author Michael Lewis deemed Battier the "No Stat All-Star" in a New York Times Magazine cover story. Shane will take you through his journey and show you how to create value to your role and make you an invaluable, if not unheralded, member of any team. Stats don't always tell the story of value, and Battier is living proof.
Over his distinguished NBA career and his heralded collegiate career at Duke University, Shane Battier overcame the doubts of many naysayers who said he did not have the talent to compete on the world’s most competitive stage. Today, Battier shows audiences how he overcame the odds—through perseverance, leadership, setting goals and believing in his ability to win—and how anyone can become a true champion.
As a high school freshman, Shane Battier was told by the basketball world that his basketball career would never amount to anything. After graduating, with honors, from Detroit Country Day School with three State Championships, the Michigan Mr. Basketball award and the Naismith National High School Player of the Year award, he enrolled in Duke University, where he was told by the basketball world that he was likely to have a marginal basketball career. After graduating, with honors, from Duke with a degree in Religion, two Final Four appearances, one National Championship, two All-American Awards, and Naismith and John Wooden National Players of the Year awards, he was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the sixth overall selection in the 2001 NBA Draft. After being told he would likely have a brief NBA career, Battier was part of the 2012 NBA Championship Miami Heat team where he become one of only eight athletes to win a championship on the high school, college and NBA levels. The NBA Championship capped off Battier’s 11th year in the NBA where he has been a two-time All-NBA Defensive performer as well as member of the USA Basketball National Team. His 2008 New York Times magazine cover story by bestselling author Michael Lewis sheds light on this unexplainable but poignant path to greatness—and Battier inspires audiences to new heights by showing how they too can achieve success no matter what challenge they are looking to conquer.