The 6 Most Awkward Shane Battier Interviews From the 2013 NBA Draft

Shane Battier conducted some pretty amazing interviews during the 2013 NBA Draft. STACK brings you the six most awkward exchanges.

Nerlens Noel

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If only Shane Battier had checked his tweets. The New Orleans Pelicans took Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick, which at the time made no sense, since the team's top draft pick a year ago, Anthony Davis, plays the exact same position. Soon after the pick, the Pelicans announced that they were trading Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday, leading to, in hindsight, one of the most awkward interviews of the night.

Battier asks Noel what it will be like playing next to a fellow Wildcat next season, getting Noel all excited about an opportunity that he will never have. He already slid to sixth overall, Shane. That was rude.

Battier then ends his interview with Noel with this analytical gem: "What else are you going to bring to the Pelicans? They're a young team, and you're going to have a great chance to, uh, make some noise."

Translation: "I don't know a single thing about the Pelicans, or who's on their team, because I stayed up too late last night watching reruns of Sanford & Son. But I still need to find a way to work the awesome phrase 'make some noise' into my interview, so here I go!"

 


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