MIAMI If youve really got game, you get a nickname in China.
Miami forward LeBron James, an eight-time All-Star, is Da Huang Di, which means Big Emperor. Guard Ray Allen, a 10-time All-Star who once starred in He Got Game, is Shen Shi, which is Gentleman
But theres a Heat player who has a nickname in China who never has been an All Star. It's said in the country in English.
I am Mr. President, said forward Shane Battier.
The forward might be able to walk around with little trouble in Miami. But Battier has been known to stop traffic in China, where his face is plastered on billboards.
When the Heat head to China next week for games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 11 in Beijing and Oct. 14 in Shanghai, James will create plenty of mob scenes and so will Dwyane Wade, who is about to sign a shoe deal with a Chinese company. But Miami players might be surprised at the reaction Battier gets.
I think Im third behind (James and Wade) in China because of my longevity and my r...