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The Blue Line Imperative: What Managing for Value Really Means by Kevin Kaiser, S. David Young

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Chapter Twelve

Becoming a Blue Line Manager

Though we've cited numerous examples throughout this book of the Blue Line Imperative, both positive and negative, there may be no better example of the blue line in action than professional basketball player Shane Battier.

A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Battier attended the perennial college basketball powerhouse, Duke University in North Carolina, before beginning his National Basketball Association (NBA) career in 2001 with the Memphis Grizzlies. After lasting five years in Memphis, Battier was then traded to the Houston Rockets.1 While in Houston, he became the subject of a profile in The New York Times Magazine by financial writer Michael Lewis. In this article, “The No-Stats All-Star,” Lewis ...

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