Shane Battier on hard fouls: ‘It’s our job to exploit the rules, within reason’

Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) is pressured by Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) is pressured by Miami Heat small forward Shane Battier (31) during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Shane Battier signed with the Miami Heat prior to the 2011-12 season specifically to win an NBA Championship. The organization signed Battier specifically for his hard-nosed play on the defensive end of the floor.

Both got what they were looking for, and now both are going for a second ring in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. However, not everyone is thrilled with Battier’s tenacity defensively.

Early on Friday, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert tweeted out the fact that he was not happy with Battier after the latter had planted a knee in the family jewels of the former during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

ESPN’s Henry Abbott had a little chat with Mr. Battier about precisely this subject, and his answer is something that league officials may want to take a look at for future use.

When asked about whether he believed that breaking the rules (ie – Committing fouls) actually helped one’s team, Battier more or less answered that yes, in fact, it did help — within reason.

“It’s just part of the gamesmanship of the game. Our job as basketball players is to exploit the rules, within reason, to our advantage. That’s our job. …

Our job is to exploit the rules, within the rules, and get a competitive advantage which is the same in any sport across the board. Win the game. That’s the only thing.”

It is a very studied way to look at how the game of basketball is played. Chicago center Joakim Noah, whose Bulls squad lost to Miami in the second round of the playoffs, was not impressed.

Indeed, Mr. Noah, indeed.

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