31 Total Quotes

Shane Battier Quotes

Hubie treats Brendan just like every other coach. He yells at him just as much.
Shane Battier
#Coach

We did as well as we could have with the group we've had the past few years. We hit a plateau. We just needed new blood.
Shane Battier
#Past

Pau played a man's game tonight. That's what a franchise player does.
Shane Battier
#Franchise

It didn't seem like either team wanted to take control of the game. We made a few shots and got a few stops in the second quarter, and that was the key for us.
Shane Battier
#Control

It's just one of those games you play in late February. It was a slow, ugly, nasty, nasty game for a long time. ... You just can't turn the ball over 24 times and expect to beat the world champions.
Shane Battier
#Games

The bench played well. They would have made a difference had we played well.
Shane Battier
#Bench

We all know we didn't have our best showing. They're really good here and they have a lot of confidence here.
Shane Battier
#Confidence

Brad is an excellent choice, he can shoot it, pass it and defend on the perimeter. I think if we've learned anything it's that teams that have had success (in the Olympics) have done it with team play. I like that we are picking a team that can play together.
Shane Battier
#Choice

He was a motor-boating son of a gun. He was really going, and it was fun for all of us to watch.
Shane Battier
#Fun

I think we just caught them on a flat night. When you play a team like that, you've got to recognize it, and you've got to kick concentration up just a notch and kick your energy level up a notch and win the game early.
Shane Battier
#Night

In reality, we're trying to win every game. That's the bottom line.
Shane Battier
#Reality

This was probably the toughest game of the year. We're proud of ourselves. We could have packed it in when they made a run and just said 'we're going to lose this one.' But good teams don't make excuses. They find ways, and we want to keep this thing rolling.
Shane Battier
#Game

Pau is doing a great job. He's carrying the team and had a huge night.
Shane Battier
#Night

I think people really didn't know what to think of me. A couple of kids stood about 5 feet from me and looked at me like I was some kind of statue. A lot of people took pictures with their cell phones. I'm like, 'I'm just hanging with you guys.' It was a mellow scene.
Shane Battier
#Kids

We played a team (Tuesday) that really wasn't sharp in their execution, and if we can do that against the playoff teams, then we'll be a lot more excited.
Shane Battier
#Execution

There's no drop off, and that's what you look for in your bench.
Shane Battier
#Bench

We feel good about where we are right now. We feel we're playing good basketball.
Shane Battier
#Basketball

I'm happy for him. He's a good dude. He's a hard worker and he has a great basketball mind. He took his last school to the dance. I think it's a good hire for Oklahoma.
Shane Battier
#Basketball

If you try to mess with the basketball gods, they punish you in the end. All the talk of massaging and losing games, that's not in our minds right now. We're trying to win every single game each time we step on the court. Wherever we are at the end of the year, hopefully we'll have some momentum and play well in the playoffs.
Shane Battier
#Basketball

We showed our maturity. We didn't play our best first half and yet we were up a point. We executed better in the second half. Execution is about making plays.
Shane Battier
#Maturity

We're playing to win. I've always been of the mind-frame that you've got to play.
Shane Battier
#Mind

We came in here with the resolution to win, and that's what we did. ...We're trying to finish the season off strong.
Shane Battier
#Resolution

If you don't feel good about yourself, you're not going to play good basketball. I don't care who you are. We've accomplished what we wanted by playing solid basketball in April. At the end of the day, it's about what you do; if you execute.
Shane Battier
#Basketball

The amount of preparation and the amount of time you put in just to win one game is unbelievable. I don't think most people realize that. That's where I give our coaching staff a lot of credit. They put in the time, and we're always prepared. They should get a lot of credit on that front.
Shane Battier
#Preparation

A wise man once said that the further you get away from the game, the easier the game becomes. That's probably the truest statement in professional sports.
Shane Battier
#Man

We've put in a good body of work. It's time to take it to a higher gear.
Shane Battier
#Body

Every year is independent. What we did in the past doesn't come in our minds. Obviously, we like to taste a playoff victory this year, but it's not something we go to sleep at night dwelling on or lighting vigils for.
Shane Battier
#Past

The city would really be fired up if we can get one of these (games) in Dallas. The reception for Games 3 and 4 would be unbelievable. There's no question that we can't do that without our home-court fans.
Shane Battier
#Games

It's not that complicated. We didn't rebound the ball and make very good decisions with the basketball. Now, it's about making basketball plays. Basic basketball plays. The older guys keep telling us it's not the national championship game. It's a series. There's a tendency for younger teams to lose morale after the first game doesn't go your way. We're a pretty positive group and that comes from experience.
Shane Battier
#Basketball

Mike has consistently been our second best player behind Pau. He has been fun to watch and fun to play with. He put together a complete season, and I?m glad he got rewarded for it.
Shane Battier
#Fun