BASKETBALL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVES
Vice President, Basketball Development
Vice President, Player Personnel/
Assistant General Manager/General
Manager, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Adam Simon is entering his 24th season with the
HEAT organization and his fi rst in the role of V.P.,
Player Personnel/Assistant General Manager/General Manager, Sioux Falls
Skyforce. Simon will continue to assist HEAT Sr. V.P., Basketball Operations/
General Manager Andy Elisburg in all areas of the HEAT’s Basketball Operations
department as well as continuing to head the Basketball Operations
department for the Skyforce.
In his current capacity as Assistant GM for the HEAT, Simon assists Pat Riley
and Andy Elisburg in all aspects of player personnel. During his time as
Assistant GM, Simon has played an integral role in Miami drafting Bam
Adebayo, Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson and acquiring Hassan Whiteside
and Tyler Johnson to form the core of the current nucleus.
In his fi ve seasons as General Manager of the Skyforce, the team has compiled
a 154-96 (.616) overall record, captured at least a share of three divisional titles
and made the postseason three times, capped by the historic 2015-16 season
with the franchise’s fi rst NBA G League championship. The 154 wins are
the most in the G League over the last fi ve years and the .616 win percentage
ranks second. As a result of the organization’s success, Simon received the NBA
G League’s inaugural Executive of the Year award for the 2015-16 season as
Sioux Falls enjoyed its’ fi nest season in franchise history. In addition to capturing
the G League championship, the Skyforce complied a 40-10 (.800) record in the
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regular season, bettering the previous G League single-season record for wins.
Since the HEAT and Skyforce entered into an exclusive partnership Miami
has used Sioux Falls as a training ground for both players and coaches alike.
HEAT guards Derrick Jones, Jr., Rodney McGruder, Josh Richardson and Tyler
Johnson have all used their time at Sioux Falls to improve their skills and
make key contributions to the HEAT. Each of the fi rst three head coaches (Pat
Delany, Phil Weber and Dan Craig) to guide the Skyforce since the partnership
have gone on to jobs on NBA benches the season after guiding the Skyforce,
including Craig who returned to Miami after capturing G League Coach of the
Year honors in 2015-16 while leading Sioux Falls to the G League championship.
In addition to his responsibilities with the HEAT and Skyforce, Simon is a
member of the selection committee for the USA Senior National Team
which includes the 2017 AmeriCup and the 2019 World Cup qualifying teams.
Simon has also participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program
that visited Johannesburg, South Africa in both 2006 and 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel
in 2017 and Belgrade, Serbia in 2018.
Simon has held a number of positions in the HEAT organization since arriving
in 1995 as an intern in the video room under current HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra.
The St. Thomas University graduate has also served the HEAT as director
of player personnel (2011-13), director of college/international scouting
(2004-11), scout/director of college scouting (2003-04), scout (2002-03),
scouting coordinator (2001-02), administrative assistant (1997-01) and
basketball operations intern (1996-97) where he organized information for the
NBA Draft which he has continued to do throughout his years with the HEAT.
Simon is single and resides in Miami Beach.
Shane Battier begins his second season as Vice
President, Basketball Development & Analytics
after having initially joined the HEAT front offi ce
on February 16, 2017 as Director of Basketball
Development & Analytics. His current responsibilities involve the development
of analytics to evaluate all talent, including college, free agents and current
Battier, who played three seasons with the HEAT, helped bring back-to-back
NBA championships, three Eastern Conference Championships and three
division titles to Miami over that span. He appeared in 210 games (86 starts)
with the HEAT and averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 22.6
minutes while shooting 39.8 percent from the fi eld and 38.2 percent from
three-point range. He currently ranks 14th on the HEAT’s all-time three-point
fi eld goal percentage list and 15th in both three-point fi eld goals made and
attempted. Known for his character and intelligence, Battier won the Twyman-
Stokes NBA Teammate of the Year Award in 2014 as a member of the HEAT
and is a two-time recipient of the Magic Johnson Award for excellence on the
court and cooperation with media and fans, capturing the award with both
Houston (2007) and the HEAT (2013). The 13-year NBA veteran appeared in
977 career NBA games (705 starts) and averaged 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds,
1.8 assists, 1.01 steals and 30.7 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from
the fi eld.
Always one to inject himself in the community, he and his wife, Heidi, founded
The Battier Take Charge Foundation in January, 2010. The organization aims
to provide resources for the development and education of underserved youth
and teens. The foundation has already laid roots in the cities he played in,
such as Miami and Houston, as well as his hometown of Detroit, with further
plans to expand. The residents of South Florida have witnessed these
efforts fi rsthand. One of the foundation’s premier events is Battioke, a karaoke
competition, which he has held in both Houston and Miami, amongst friends
and colleagues. Money raised from there helped Battier surprise a group of
21 sophomores at Miami Central High School in 2017 with fully paid four-year
college scholarships. Since 2010, The Battier Take Charge Foundation has
given away over $800K in college schoolarships.
Battier graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in religion in 2001.
He was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team. His collegiate career
was highlighted by four regular season titles, three ACC Tournament titles
and the 2001 NCAA championship. As a senior, he was selected as the
National Player of the Year by nine outlets.
A native of Birmingham, MI, Battier resides in Coral Gables with his wife, Heidi,
and their two children, Zeke and Eloise.
Chet Kammerer begins his 23rd year with the HEAT
and his fi rst in the newly created role of Senior Advisor
of Basketball Operations/Basketball. Kammerer,
who spent the previous 14 seasons (2004-18) as Vice
President, Player Personnel, will continue to scout for the HEAT and will serve
as an advisor to President Pat Riley and Senior Vice President, Basketball
Operations/General Manager Andy Elisburg as well as a coaching consultant
for Head Coach Erik Spoelstra. After initially joining the organization as a
scout in 1996, he was promoted to Director of Scouting (1998-99), appointed
Director of College Scouting (1999-00) and then spent four seasons (2000-04)
as the team’s Director of Player Personnel.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Kammerer had a 30-year career in coaching and
basketball administration in college, the NBA and international basketball.
He was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1992-94 and
then served as head coach of the Division I Professional Basketball Team of
Braunschweig, Germany. Kammerer also served as a head coach for 27 years
on the collegiate level and compiled a remarkable 542-256 (.679) overall record
which earned him induction into the NAIA Hall of Fame on March 13, 2000.
He coached for 10 years at Grace (Ind.) College and then for 17 seasons at
Westmont College where his teams compiled a sterling 359-156 record (.697).
In his honor, Westmont College dedicated the newly renovated court at
Murchison Gym as ‘Kammerer Court’ in a ceremony on December 13, 2008.
Kammerer lives in Redondo Beach, CA. He and his wife, Sherill, have three
grown children, Chad (the HEAT’s current Director of NBA Scouting/Advance
Scout), Shanda and Shariss and eight grandchildren, Maverick, Mason, Charlise,
Cord, Ryder, Stetson, Natasha and Chase.