Heat’s Battier addresses DNP his own way
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI – Shane Battier played zero minutes and zero seconds in the Miami Heat’s Game 7 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday.
It was the first time in the postseason that he did not play as the Heat coach Erik Spoelstra searched for more production from his bench. In 82 regular-season games, Battier had just one “DNP – Coach’s Decision” in his box score.
Battier addressed that decision in only the way he can:
“The good news is I was equipped, thanks for my arsenal of Bud Light,” Battier said. “If there was man prepared to handle that, it was me. Obviously as a competitor, it was tough. I’m not going to lie. It was maybe the toughest thing I’ve gone through as a competitor. Super happy for my team and my teammates.
“In retrospect, it’s OK today. Every now and then you’ve got to eat a turd sandwich. You eat a turd sandwich and that ribeye tastes really good next time. That’s life. That’s the way I look at it.”… [For more on Miami Heat's Shane Battier addresses DNP his own way, click here.]