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    Shane Battier Officially Retires from NBA After 13-Year Career | Bleacher Report

    The Miami Heat's bid for three straight championships fell short, as they were eliminated in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals on Sunday, 104-87, against the San Antonio Spurs.

    While a lot of attention will focus on the Spurs' success and the future of Miami's marquee core players, the Heat are also losing a respected veteran to retirement in forward Shane Battier.

    The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre previously reported that Battier is taking a job as a college basketball analyst at ESPN starting with the upcoming season.

    Battier, 35, has enjoyed a rather successful NBA career since being selected No. 6 overall in the 2001 NBA draft. He was never quite an All-Star, but he was still a solid player who could drain timely three-pointers and play exceptional perimeter defense. Battier defied his doubters to carve out 13 years in the Association.

    Despite playing 73 games and making 56 starts in the 2013-14 regular season, Battier saw his minutes dwindle in the playoffs and all but fell out of the rotation. Little could have stopped the scintillating Spurs, though, as they asserted their will and would have beaten the Heat regardless of how often Battier played.