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Buzzer Beater - NBA Star Shane Battier

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Buzzer Beater - NBA Star Shane Battier English, baby! Video Lesson
压哨球— NBA 球星肖恩·巴蒂尔

Date: Dec 25 2009

Themes: Celebrity, Sports

Grammar: Modal Verbs

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The best basketball games come down to one shot in the final seconds of the game. In games that close, the Houston Rockets often give the ball to Shane Battier, because when they do, they tend to win.

Shane is very cool-headed, so not only does he make a good go-to guy when the stakes are high, he’s also a strong leader for his team. Shane brings his team together and helps make sure everyone does what they have to do to play the best game they can. But sometimes, it all comes down to Shane, the ball, and one final shot. That’s what we met up with Shane to talk about after a recent practice.

最精彩的篮球比赛常以终场前最后几秒的致命一击告终。在比赛即将结束之时,休斯顿火箭队的队员经常将球交到肖恩·巴蒂尔手中,而这也意味着他们将走向胜利。
肖恩头脑非常冷静,所以他不仅可以在比赛的关键时刻挺身而出,而且还具有极强的团队领导能力。肖恩将球队凝聚在一起,分配每个人的职责,以便在比赛中发挥最好的水平。但肖恩有时需要独自肩负一切,包括手中的篮球和那最后一投。最近,肖恩在训练后接受了我们的采访,并谈论了这个话题。

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Shane

Shane

Jason

Jason

Jason:  I’m Jason. This is English, baby! and I’m here with Shane Battier. Shane, how are you today?

Shane:  I’m doing great, Jason.

Jason:  According to some stat reports, you are the best last-second shooter in the NBA. Can you tell us what a buzzer beater means?

Shane:  Well, a buzzer beater is a shot in basketball that comes right before the clock hits zero and the buzzer goes off. So, a true buzzer beater, you release the ball and while the ball is in the air, the buzzer sounds, and then you make the shot.

Jason:  Nice.

Shane:  And it still counts because the ball was shot before the buzzer went off.

Jason:  What goes into throwing up a buzzer beater? What’s different about a last second-shot than a regular shot?

Shane:  You have to have awareness. You have to know what the clock is at because the clock may hit zero and the ball has to leave your hand before the buzzer goes off. So, you just have to have awareness…

Jason:  OK.

Shane:  ...and concentration.

Jason:  And so…Are you a last-second guy in other aspects of your life? Like, it’s the holiday season. Are you gonna be a last-second shopper?

Shane:  I work better under pressure.

Jason:  OK.

Shane:  When I have a time constraint, when I know I have to get something done, I usually work a little harder. So, I’m a guy who works better under pressure.

Jason:  Cool. You speak some Chinese. You go over to China frequently. Do you ever speak Chinese with Yao or with the other players in the league?

Shane:  I speak Chinese with Yao sometimes, especially after my trips, but he looks at me like I’m crazy.

Jason:  Really?

Shane:  And he asks me what I’m trying to say. And so my Chinese isn’t very good, but it’s improving every year. I just want to say, Nǐ hǎo” to all my friends in China and go Rockets and I’ll see you guys next summer.

Jason:  Alright. And can I get you to give me a high-five and say, “English, baby!” in the air?

Shane:  English, baby!

 

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Discussion

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Shane Battier explains that in basketball, a last-second shot is when you shoot the ball at the basket, and while it’s in the air time runs out and the game ends. But since you shot it before the buzzer, if it goes in, it counts.

Shane is better at buzzer beaters than anyone else in the NBA. That’s because he works well under pressure. If he waits until the last second to buy his Christmas gifts, he’s likely to buy better stuff!

Every year, Shane visits China. He appears in ads for Peak shoes. He’s learning Chinese, but he can’t quite hold down a conversation with Yao Ming in Mandarin yet.

Do you like to do things at the last-second? Do you work well under pressure?

To learn more about Shane Battier and see some of his shoe commercials, visit our blog.

 

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kpl

kpl

Taiwan

Being a player really should be cool- headed .Victory  always come down to  how calm  down you  do in a match . This way you can keep clear thought in  a high stakes. Live  under enough pressure may make people be powerful , but too much may make people get insane. :)

Sometimes do some go-to things is also a cut loosen.

 

09:23 AM Apr 08 2010 |

rebel lee

rebel lee

China

I don't like to do things at the last-second,but I always do that.Because I am kind of lazy and always put things to the last second.And what Shane said is totally true,we can do things better under presure,but not to much presure.

I don't watch NBA too much,but I like Shane,he is a great guy!

05:22 AM Feb 04 2010 |

chentianxiao15

China

His Chinese is really good Such as "nihao" I like Shane I like Yao I like rocket!

06:55 AM Jan 18 2010 |

YueJou

YueJou

China

shane battier is my favorite player in Rockets

12:23 AM Jan 18 2010 |

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04:51 PM Jan 17 2010 |

zvedava

zvedava

Czech Republic

I also hate being under pressure and can't stand doing things at the last seconds, because I become stressed and my productivity is cut down because of my nervosity.

Also I want to say thank you for this lesson 

12:24 PM Jan 14 2010 |

TORNADO

TORNADO

China

T-Mac

01:42 AM Jan 07 2010 |

vip_groovygirl

United Arab Emirates

Do you like to do things at the last-second? Do you work well under pressure?

No, I don't like to do things at the last second, Coz I hate being under pressure.

I like to do things at it is time. Coz I love to produce a good work which that makes me feel much better and comfortable for sure.

Thanks 4 the lesson.

05:04 PM Jan 06 2010 |

David_17

David_17

Turkey

everbody knows that the best buzzer beater is Michael Jordan. . . right? is there somebody doesn't think so?

11:16 AM Jan 06 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I hate working under pressure! Usually when I work under pressure the work don't be good! :P I prefer to plan and antecipate me ;)

06:04 PM Jan 03 2010 |

EstebanM

EstebanM

Colombia

Hey, Jason, you always surprise me with your interviews and lessons.

Thanks again, bro.

09:05 AM Jan 01 2010 |

fahhhhad

Saudi Arabia

I really appreciate Battier! Wow! Because I have to work under pressure and complete the task before deadline. So Battier is that type of people I want to be. The key sir in the last second.

07:44 AM Jan 01 2010 |

saowaros

saowaros

Thailand

He's so smart!!Smile

06:48 AM Dec 30 2009 |

Jonalexander7

Colombia

Laughing

06:17 PM Dec 29 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

Cool

06:42 AM Dec 29 2009 |

ala4fadeel

Sudan

Some people work better under pressure and I'm one of  those guys. I'm kinda of the last-second guy even when I was in school.

06:49 PM Dec 27 2009 |

cristianino

Costa Rica

i think shane battier has a great temper making his friend`s team think they are able to play well it`s a good way to encourage people. and these kind of things have a high stakes on people to keep moving forward without giving up attempting to keep cool-headed even being under pressure.

11:32 AM Dec 27 2009 |

cristianino

Costa Rica

i think shane battier has a great temper making his friend`s team thinking  they are able to play well it`s a good way to encourage people. and these kind of things have a huge impact on people`s view point making them to awake and keep moving forward with cool-headed even being under pressure.

11:32 AM Dec 27 2009 |

saloomy

Egypt

 high-stakes:   involving lot of risk-describes a risky situation in which somebody is  likely to win or lose a big deal.

10:09 AM Dec 27 2009 |

san4

India

A good lesson.but i have some difficulty in listening. i don't know how to improve my listening. Anyone pls help me or advice me how can i improve my listening.

07:06 AM Dec 27 2009 |

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