There's no need to use Google when Shane Battier is standing nearby in the locker room.
If Miami Heat players need a question answered, they turn to Battier, their versatile forward. Versatile, that is, with his knowledge.
"He's probably the No. 1 smartest basketball player and person I've been around," said Heat forward LeBron James. "He knows everything."
The savvy Battier obviously knows basketball. He can dabble quite well in history, math, finance and religion. After all, Battier was a religion major at Duke.
During a recent practice, Heat coach Spoelstra was drilling his players. He asked if anybody knew the width of the court. After seeing some blank stares, Spoelstra turned to Battier,
"He said, 'I don't know.' And he goes, '50?' Spoestra said. "And the guys him a hard time that even when he doesn't know the answer he gets it."
It's no wonder then when the Sporting News in 2010 did a top 20 list of the smartest athletes, Battier ranked No. 7. That was tops among NBA pl...