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Shane Battier: Showing Officials Respect Even If You Don't Like A Call

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Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, led Duke to the 2001 NCAA National Championship while distinguishing himself as the 2001 Academic All-American of the year. He also helped win two NBA championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, but is more renowned for being a “no stats all-star” due to his unselfish play and ability to make his teammates better.

In this video, Battier discusses how to treat a referee even when a call does not go the way you want it to. Players often feel strongly that the official has missed the call, but in the moment it is important to walk away. If you still feel strongly even later and that your voice needs to be heard, there is still an art form to approaching an official.

Battier suggests that the best way to have your voice heard is to make a clever and friendly joke that gets your point across. Battier explains how this is both more effective and more respectful than angrily berating the referee.