If Shane Battier becomes a member of the San Antonio Spurs next season - which isn't as likely thanks to the Kawhi Leonard draft - he'll have some 'splaining to do for his latest comments. Here's what the defensive ace said to WFAN in New York City.
“We knew that we had a favorable matchup in the Spurs. Did we think we could beat them and take the Thunder in second round to seven games? I’d be lying to say I knew that was going to happen. We knew we had a chance against the Spurs. We felt that we matched up great against them. We were younger and we were more athletic. After we won that first game in San Antonio, we all looked at each other and said ‘hey guys we can do this.’ We went on a magical run, the city was behind us, it was simply electric, and it was a fantastic lightning in a bottle run for us.”
Thanks Shane, thanks a lot for reminding everyone that happened! Actually, it's fine, you didn't say anything wrong. You neglected to mention you were fortunate Manu Ginobili was playing with a broken wing, but overall, you're right, you had a favorable matchup and went on a magical run.
The rest of the interview is pretty good too. Battier talked about Zack Randolph's maturation and even called him wait for it... wait for it... a great locker room guy! Battier also had this to say about LeBron's struggles in the Finals.