Will Brittney Griner Play in the NBA?
Mark Cuban, the ever-entertaining owner of the Dallas Mavericks may make history in the NBA. He said that he will carefully look at the talent available in the draft, and if she is the best player available, he will select Baylor’s Brittney Griner.
The 6 feet 8 inch Baylor star’s credentials include being a three-time First Team All-American, 2012 AP Player of the Year, three-time Big 12 Player of the Year and four-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. She led the Bears to the National Championship in 2012, and were favored to repeat this season before losing by one point to Louisville.
Griner dominated women’s college basketball with her size and athleticism, scoring 3,283 points and blocking 748 shots in her career. She also had 18 dunks, including 11 her senior season.
Griner would love the opportunity. “I would hold my own! Lets do it.” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night in response to Cuban.
If he doesn’t draft her, he would still give her a tryout, says Cuban.
Cuban claims his action would not be a publicity stunt. He believes she has the talent and desire to compete with men on the professional level.
“She’d still have to make the team,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to carry her just to carry her. I don’t think, anyways. But I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to giving her the opportunity.”
Doubters will point out that she is listed at 208 pounds, too light to play in the paint in the NBA. It is also doubtful she can be fast enough to compete with the men’s game.
Cuban says that “we’ll never know until she gets the chance”.
Columnist-The Guardian Express