Battier to hang 'em up after Heat's loss

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran forward Shane Battier has confirmed that he will retire from a 13-year playing career that ended with the Miami Heat's loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Sunday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Rumored to be seriously considering calling it quits at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Battier publicly announced his intentions Monday on a message via Twitter.

"Thank you thank you thank you thank you for all of the messages. It is an amazing feeling to be appreciated," Battier wrote. "It was a hell of a run and I have zero regrets. Proud that so many could feel a part of this journey, I appreciate your encouragement, love, and support. Cheers to all my friends on twitter!

A two-time All-NBA Defensive second team selection who averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 977 career regular-season games, Battier was a part of the Heat's back-to-back NBA title runs in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The 35-year-old started 16 postseason games during the first of those championships, averaging 7.0 points and shooting better than 38 percent from 3-point range.

Following a distinguished career at Duke that culminated with Battier winning the Wooden Award as well as a 2001 national title, he entered the NBA with the then-Vancouver Grizzlies as the sixth overall pick of the 2002 draft. Battier was a rookie when the franchise moved to Memphis and spent five seasons with the organization before being traded to the Houston Rockets in June of 2006.

Battier returned to the Grizzlies in a trade-deadline deal in 2011 and signed with Miami the following offseason.

A career 38.4 percent shooter on 3-pointers, Battier also had the reputation of being an outstanding leader and locker-room presence. He was the recipient of the NBA's Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award for 2013-14 and finished second in voting for the honor the previous season.

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