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Shane Battier earned a loyal following during his time as a Memphis Grizzly from 2001 to 2006.
The fanbase was really sad to see him go when he was traded to the Houston Rockets for their eighth overall pick, Rudy Gay. Obviously, this move ended up being the right call for Memphis.
Gay became the face of the franchise and Battier continued his consistently tough play in Houston, most notably while guarding Kobe Bryant.
But as poetic justice would have it, when Gay went down with a season-ending injury in mid-February, it was Battier who returned via a trade to fill the void at small forward. As a bonus, the Grizzlies dumped the worthless Hasheem Thabeet in the trade.
He didn't disappoint, providing veteran leadership, timely baskets and tenacious defense during the end of Memphis' excellent 2010-11 season.