Q&A: Why Shane Battier is Miami Heat for Life

April 20, 2015 | by Tricia Carr

Almost a year into his retirement from the NBA, Shane Battier is still rooting for the Miami Heat and helping underserved kids get to college.

Shane Battier.

Shane Battier.

It'll be a full year this June since Shane Battier retired from the NBA. "It’s been an interesting year—I didn’t really know what to expect," says the former Miami Heat forward who helped the team win two championships in 2012 and 2013. "For the first time in my life I didn’t have practice time or game time or to go lift weights. It was a very different year for me—a very unfamiliar year compared to the last 20 years of my life."

So what does a star basketball player do with all of this unheard-of free time? Surprisingly, he's not playing much basketball (he'll rebound for his 6-year-old son—more on that below) but he has found his way back to the court; this summer Battier landed a gig with ESPN as a men's college basketball analyst. He also has more time to help underserved kids through The Battier Take Charge Foundation, which was established to provide children and teens with the support they need to further their education. Battier concedes, "Change is good. [This year] was a chance to stretch myself and I felt I grew from the experience."

Last week, Battier and his wife, Heidi, joined David Yurman at the jeweler's boutique at Bal Harbour Shops to launch the Men’s Faceted Metal Collection and raise funds for the Battier Take Charge Foundation (a portion of the evening's proceeds went to the organization). We chatted with Battier right before the event and found out why he wants to send kids to college, his favorite place to watch basketball in Miami, and what it really takes to be a pro ball player. >>Read More

 

Spotted: Diddy's Star-Studded Pool Party; Nervo's Big Night Out

April 08, 2015 | by Lane Nieset

Which celebs came out to Diddy's home for his weekend-long pool party, and where did the Nervo twins climb a tree? This and more in this week's celebrity sightings...

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Diddy Throws a Pool Party

The rapper celebrated Ultra and closed out Miami Music Week with a Cîroc- and Luc Belaire-fueled pool party on his Star Island estate. The soirée began late at night on Saturday, March 28 and continued through Sunday evening. Guests included French Montana, Justin Bieber, and Diplo. >>Read More

 

Top 10 DJ Moments from Music Week

April 01, 2015 | by Carla Torres

Sometime between all the untz-untz, crowd surfing, and after parties of Miami Music Week, the world's top DJs (and Diddy) found time for an impromptu kung fu sesh, some shoe shopping, and a minor boat accident (don't worry—no one was injured). Lucky for us, they all had time to snap a pic. Read on for the best DJ moments of 2015 MMW.

Martin Garrix Takes the Leap

 

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And the winner for best Ultra pic is... this fearless 18-year-old. >>Read More


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