Why Derek Fisher is the spokesman for the NBA is beyond me? Shane Battier has always been the most brainy basketball player on and off the court in the last decade. With a degree from Duke, even though it was a major in religion (really?), Shane Battier has always been the political figure for the NBA players ever since he entered the league. Here is him delivering the NBA lockout like it should be, rather than the David Stern and Billy Hunter way.
Shane Battier, via twitter: At this point the entire lockout hinges on the issues of competitive balance. Making the (relative) less desirable places to sign as a free agent, more lucrative. Would our fans watch Milwaukee and Portland in the NBA finals (both with all-stars)? Or would a less star studded Laker/Celtic Finals still be a larger draw?
Shane Battier, via twitter: If there was a way to gauge the answer from our fans (empirically), we could end this lockout with confidence, on both sides, that we are best serving the people who make our league: NBA fans.
Shane Battier, via twitter: Those thoughts are trying to look at this situation from 30,000 feet in the air. emotion removed, logically speaking. Ok, I ll shut up now.He is currently a free agent, that may be why "free agency" was involved in the first sentence. If no team signs him for his defensive prowess, time for NBA fans to pressure him into politics for any state.
If he continues to be against a political run when he is out of basketball, just put a hand in his face until he is forced too.