Two-time NBA champion Shane Battier was freaked out during Monday’s parade, as was LeBron James and the rest of the Heat riding on the roofs of those double-decker buses barely fitting under several downtown Miami overpasses.
“There were a couple of close calls there,” Battier told Jorge Sedano on WQAM yesterday “I was on the Birdman’s bus. The Birdman was flapping all over the place. His mohawk almost got clipped a few times, so it was a little dangerous.”
Another close call? Try Game 6 of the NBA Finals in which the Heat had to be resuscitated by a desperate Ray Allen corner-three just to get to overtime.
“I never count out a team,” Battier said. “I’ve seen some crazy stuff happen before. We needed a three and some help with a missed free-throw. So ‘you’re saying there’s a chance’ basically.”
Excellent Dumb and Dumber reference there.
“With everything at stake, not just for the championship, but metaphorically for this franchise and for all the players involved, I can’t think of a bigger shot for all the metaphorical reasons of why it was.”
One shot away from failure, Battier knew the consequences had that heave trickled off the rim.
“They would have said we were one hit wonders in a lockout shortened year. Trust me, we knew what was at stake.”
“We made the plays when it counted.”
What did Battier drink after Game 7?
“I’m not a huge champagne guy, but think I was champagne guy the entire night.”
Listen to the interview in full on WQAM.