A career in pro basketball is next for Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 Baylor star.
But just where she’ll play is another matter. Mark Cuban, the iconoclastic owner of the Dallas Mavericks, says he’d be willing to give her a chance in the NBA. He’s open to taking her in the second round of the NBA draft or inviting her to try out for the summer league team.
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban told ESPN Dallas on Tuesday night. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”
Griner wouldn’t be the first woman to take a shot at the NBA. Ann Myers tried out for the Indiana Pacers in 1979 when her career at UCLA ended. Griner certainly has decent size and dunked 18 times during her college career, in which he scored 3,283 points and blocked 748 shots.
Griner’s ready. “I would hold my own!” she tweeted. “Let’s do it.”
Although it seems like she’d be a longshot, Cuban swears he was serious. Besides, “that’d sell out a few games.”
Hmm, the Mavs drafting Brittney Griner? Maybe Mark Cuban’s a latter-day PT Barnum? “Step right up and see the tall lady play.”
— Len Berman (@LenBermanSports) April 4, 2013