How does Shane Battier prepare for his annual Battioke charity event?
“Beer,” announced the former Miami Heat star before hitting the stage for a rendition of “Give Me Everything” with Pitbull impersonator, Mr. 786. “A lot of beer. Liquid courage!”
Battier, who raises money with a little help from his famous friends for his Take Charge foundation which helps send kids to college, did his very best to entertain.
OK, so it’s obvious his talents lie in basketball and not in singing. “I know, I know. I can’t carry a tune,” laughed Battier Thursday night from Ball and Chain restaurant. “That’s what my wife tells me!”
Speaking of basketball: Though he no longer plays, the 38-year-old did say he keeps up with the sport. “My 8 year old is getting pretty good,” said the Michigan native who played with the Heat from 2011-2014. “He’s really tall. We shoot hoops together.”
Among the famous karaokers at the Little Havana hotspot: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who braved the stage with his new wife Nikki Sapp. They did a duet from Grease: “You’re The One that I Want.”
Big boss Pat Riley was also there, lending his support by performing Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” with Shane and Andy Elisburg (epic!).
The only bummer: Chris Bosh, who was expected, was unable to attend.