Shane Battier Accepts Invitation to American Century Championship, presented by American Century Investments, in Lake Tahoe as Part of Conference Call with Media

South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

Shane Battier, starting forward for the Miami Heat, as they battle the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference Championship series, has accepted an invitation to compete in the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament at Lake Tahoe, July 20-22.

The 32 year-old Duke All American will be playing in the tournament for the fourth time. He will be raising money for LIVE STRONG and his own non-profit, the Battier Take Charge Foundation. The tournament, in its 23rd year is televised live by NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network.

Here are some of Battier’s highlight quotes from the conference call:

On how badly he wants the championship:

“Well at this point its not about numbers. Its not about contracts. This is my 11th year in the league, I have about 2 or 3 more years left to play at this level. It is what I need and what I play for. So, its something that I really, really want.”

On seeing Jason Kidd at the American Century Championship after Jason and the Dallas Mavericks had won the title:

“I didn’t have to say anything. Just the smile on his face told the story. He said it was an unbelievable experience and he really couldn’t put into words. It’s something that I think all first-time champions go through. You don’t really understand what being a champion is all about until you actually call yourself a champion. And I had that feeling back when I played at Duke in 2001 and I would like that feeling again as a member of the Miami Heat.”

On his role for the Heat as the playoffs continue:

“My job really hasnt changed sine day one. Go out and make plays. My game has never been defined by how many points I scored. My game has been defined by making basketball plays, whether that means taking a charge, grabbing the ball, playing tough defense or knocking down some three pointers. I dont have to do anything out of the ordinary. I have to do what I do and do it better and with more effort and concentration now, because the margin for error is slim.”

On the home court advantage in Miami:

“You know, home court in the playoffs is very important, obviously. Fans understand what the playoffs are all about because the intensity is ratcheted up. Miami is usually a late-arriving crowd but in the playoffs, theyre in their seats at tip off which is pretty awesome. Its usually a scene to go to a Miami Heat basketball game. During these playoffs, its been a pretty tough place to play, because we have such great fans.”

On the pressure of stepping onto the basketball court for a big game versus teeing off in front thousands at Lake Tahoe?

“Well, when I step on the basketball court I know I have trained for tens of thousands of hours for my job and thats what I do and I feel confident I can do that job well.

Golf is not something that comes naturally to me, I dont like to practice. I love to play, but I dont like to practice, and so when I go out there, I dont have the reputation that I have on a basketball court, so I am not going to lie. The first time you step out on the first tee and youre overlooking the mountains and the lake beautiful Lake Tahoe you do get a little bit of nerves and then you start to shake a little bit. Once you get that first drive off and in play, you settle in.”

On Tiger Woods and his swing:

“Well its interesting — when I heard Tiger at a press conference asked about his swing and swing changes, a lot of things resonate with me as a basketball player, because swings and basketball jump shots are very similar. They have to be in sync and they have to be fluid and they have to be performed without thinking about the actual mechanics. And that’s what makes a pure golf swing and that’s what makes a pure jump shot. Sometimes you can over-think a jump shot, just like you can over-think a golf swing. I did meet Tiger once at an Orlando Magic basketball game two years ago but I would love to just sit down and talk to him about the process because I agree with him – its an ever-evolving process as you get older. Your body ages and you have to make adjustments, so my jump shot now is different than it was 10 years ago, like Tigers golf swing.”

On the athlete mentality and the possibility of Michael Jordan someday winning the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament:

“Well, you do understand that most professional athletes all professional athletes — have dedicated 15 to 25 years to perfecting their craft and all they know is that the ultimate scoreboard is wins and losses and that fuels the competitive fire that burns every single day. So, when you step away from that professional life, there is a huge, gaping hole a void – left by the competitive juices from your sport. Thats why so many athletes gravitate to golf – because it does offer people a chance to be competitive. So, now, you get a bunch of alpha dogs at the American Century Championship. I dont care what anyone says, everyone wants to win that thing, and everyone wants to perform well, if nothing else to talk trash and to stick your chest out. I would never bet against Michel Jordan. For my money, hes the greatest player of all time and so I would not be surprised if he won this thing sooner rather than later.”

On matching golf skills with Charles Barkley at the tournament in July:

“You know, that is my goal. As long as I can beat Chuck Barkley every year, life is okay. I can handle not being near the top, but the second Charles puts pressure on me, thats when you know I seriously have to step off and am in bad shape. I dont anticipate that. I think I could not pick up a golf club and then go to Lake Tahoe and play the tournament without one practice round, I still think that I could beat Charles Barkley. I am completely confident in that statement.”

On getting Lebron, Dwyane and Chris Bosh out on the golf course:

“We actually had an appearance at Doral in Miami and we had a long drive contest and I dont think Lebron tried hitting a golf ball. I think he wanted to try – – that guy can do anything if he wants to — but he stuck to the putting green. Dwyane and Chris picked up a golf club and they were pretty bad pretty terrible. Chris wants to learn to pick up golf; Dwyane says this is a stupid game. But, I would much rather have them be the superstars they are on the basketball court than work on their golf games.”

On the Charity Package at Lake Tahoe:

“Well were offering a unique experience for anybody who wants to bid. Its called the Shane Battier American Century Championship Experience and if you go to http://www.charitybuzz.com/support/ShaneTakeCharge, you can actually bid on an experience which includes tickets to every round of the American Century Championship (Fri-Sun, July 20-22), tickets to the Maroon 5 concert on Saturday night and a special one-on-one experience with Mrs. Battier and myself as we take in some of the finer points of Lake Tahoe and Harrahs Casino, which may or may not involve some games of chance. Its an opportunity for me to reach out and connect with some of my fans out there who enjoy golf, who enjoy basketball, who enjoy a good time. For the winning bidder, I promise you, you will have a fantastic time and all the money will be going to the Battier Take Charge Foundation, which raises funds for college scholarships. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to the college scholarships in the Miami area, so please bid out on this package and help special kids in need go to college. “

On his fundraising initiative around making Pars at the American Century Championship tournament:

“We are continuing an initiative we started last year, called Take Charge, Save Par. For me, Par is a very big deal, I grind to get Pars while most people at Lake Tahoe grind to get Birdi

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