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  • 04/07/2013, 01:22PM ET

Mark Cuban must be smoking that stuff

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Cuban said he'd consider drafting Griner, albeit in the 2nd rd.

This would simply be a bad idea. No, it would be a horrible idea.

For one, Griner may be a great female college player, but she is 6'8 and 207lbs and plays the center.
And she can dunk the ball.

From a basketball perspective, it's simply a stupid idea.
For one, if any center or power forward for that matter is going to the NBA, they have at least one of these 3 characteristics

They are over 6'10
They can jump out of the gym
And if they happen to be 6'8-6'9, they are very strong and can hold their position down low

From a physical standpoint she would have absolutely no shot

Which leads to the next point, the entertainment and human value

Yes, the media would be there and it would be good to see a woman get a chance, but this isn't the right situation.

Griner literally has no chance, thus it would be a farce. And not only that, but everyone would know it.

Cuban is known for thinking outside the box but he risks losing some credibility from players on the team and rival owners.

I know he likes the publicity but he should let this pass


Cuban is a shrewd business man, and he currently has a team of veterans who are not going to win, he is about to enter into a rebuilding phase for Mavericks basketball. He needs to sell tickets to those games. Having a Brittany Griener on your team sells out the first few games because people want to see how a female (seriously guys has anyone confirmed that its not a he) holds up in the NBA.

He will sell out all of his summer league games and people will flock to see his circus when it comes to town.

Now I am not saying that I would do it, nor will he, he is trying to find a way to keep the Mavericks relevant, and from a PR standpoint this accomplishes that.

He will not lose credibilty with other owners because he is not going to do it, and if he does she is going to be the last wo(man) on the bench, making him millions on her name on basketball jerseys and other gear.


For one, if he wants to sell tickets, he can simply build a good team.

The Mavs vets are mostly on expiring contracts (about $15 million worth) and they are set to make a splash in free agency this summer.
Thus their goal is to really compete next yr. That's one of the reasons why they let Kidd, Chandler and Barrea walk

So they are looking to compete and if there is one thing we've learned in professional sports, is that winning equals tickets, not side shows

In the NBA, the players 1-15 are giving it their all, and its a mockery of the sport to put someone on the team, that has absolutely no chance.

And this is just from a physical standpoint of her being a 6'9, 207lb center

Just imagine that in a summer league game, she's going up against 6'10 245lb centers and forwards who are trying their hardest to make it to the NBA
That's what the summer league is about

The real farce isn't only that she might be out there, but that the other highly competitive athletes who are serious, have to be part of the show

If she were a 6'0 guard, I can see it. Maybe she can shoot lights out 3's

But as a center, the whole issue is a fraud

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April 7, 2013  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mark did this to get a reaction. Nothing more.As an owner, he should know its against NBA rules to draft a female in a men's League.

I don't think it's against league rules to draft a woman. That would be legal discrimination.

April 7, 2013  03:26 PM ET

Depends on if you're looking at it from a basketball standpoint or a business standpoint.

Griner could be good for business. Intrigue factor and whatnot; she'd probably sell a number of tickets and even some jerseys. And she'd make the Mavs part of the national discussion again.

And even from a basketball standpoint, she wouldn't hurt the Mavs, even if she sucked. She'd be a bench player, relegated to garbage time anyway. It's not like she'd be out there with the ball in her hands stealing potential game winners from Dirk. She'd be a role player.

Not much risk involved, really, but the potential rewards could be huge.

April 7, 2013  04:00 PM ET

Stuff!

April 7, 2013  04:07 PM ET
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Stuff!

I am a fan of stuff.

April 7, 2013  06:41 PM ET

He's not actually going to draft her. Cuban's just being Cuban and saying crazy things.

April 7, 2013  07:09 PM ET

For Christ sake. All Cuban basically said was he wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't consider all possible talents in the draft. If there was a talent out there he could get to make his team better then he should. Its that simple. Would Cuban actually draft her? Get real. If the talent was there though should it at least be considered? Yea.

Not really a good TD. Taking him too literal on a quote that was just saying its his job to consider all possible draft targets.

April 8, 2013  01:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

For Christ sake. All Cuban basically said was he wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't consider all possible talents in the draft. If there was a talent out there he could get to make his team better then he should. Its that simple. Would Cuban actually draft her? Get real. If the talent was there though should it at least be considered? Yea.Not really a good TD. Taking him too literal on a quote that was just saying its his job to consider all possible draft targets.

But that's the point. Mark Cuban may actually do it. And if he does, he'd be a fool. But there is definitely a chance that out of all the owners in the NBA he'd be the one to draft her, just because.

April 8, 2013  01:41 AM ET
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Depends on if you're looking at it from a basketball standpoint or a business standpoint. Griner could be good for business. Intrigue factor and whatnot; she'd probably sell a number of tickets and even some jerseys. And she'd make the Mavs part of the national discussion again.And even from a basketball standpoint, she wouldn't hurt the Mavs, even if she sucked. She'd be a bench player, relegated to garbage time anyway. It's not like she'd be out there with the ball in her hands stealing potential game winners from Dirk. She'd be a role player.Not much risk involved, really, but the potential rewards could be huge.

From a business standpoint, it would be a bad decision. She stands no chance of making the team and this is a business based on high stakes competition. It would be a joke.

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April 8, 2013  02:09 AM ET
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From a business standpoint, it would be a bad decision. She stands no chance of making the team and this is a business based on high stakes competition. It would be a joke.

How so? The million or so dollars that Cuban might potentially waste on her? The twelfth spot on the bench couldn't be sat on by a man, instead?

There's hardly any risk.

And I bet there would be a certain intrigue factor which would only serve to promote Cuban/the Mavericks' brand.

April 8, 2013  02:11 AM ET
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But that's the point. Mark Cuban may actually do it. And if he does, he'd be a fool. But there is definitely a chance that out of all the owners in the NBA he'd be the one to draft her, just because.

A fool? What coach uses his ENTIRE bench, anyway? Nobody does.

A woman could waste a roster spot just as well as a man. If it raised the Mavericks' brand globally or even nationally it would clearly be well worth it, especially since there wouldn't be any real "risk" involved.

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April 8, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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A fool? What coach uses his ENTIRE bench, anyway? Nobody does.A woman could waste a roster spot just as well as a man. If it raised the Mavericks' brand globally or even nationally it would clearly be well worth it, especially since there wouldn't be any real "risk" involved.

just accept the TD already...

April 8, 2013  12:39 PM ET

Mark Cuban only smokes 100 dollar bills rolled into a cigar! ;^D

April 9, 2013  08:27 AM ET
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Mark Cuban only smokes 100 dollar bills rolled into a cigar! ;^D

I don't know, saw him on Real Time with Bill Maher, I could see Cuban hanging in the dressing room with Bill and burning one

April 9, 2013  10:16 PM ET
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I don't know, saw him on Real Time with Bill Maher, I could see Cuban hanging in the dressing room with Bill and burning one

Cuban and Maher? Odd couple right there.

April 9, 2013  10:16 PM ET
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I don't know, saw him on Real Time with Bill Maher, I could see Cuban hanging in the dressing room with Bill and burning one

Why were you watching Bill Maher, anyway?

April 9, 2013  10:17 PM ET

Right's abusing the broken timer. Which is too bad, because I agreed with him/her.

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April 10, 2013  07:28 AM ET
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Why were you watching Bill Maher, anyway?

because even tho he pisses me off on a regular basis, it's still one of the funniest shows on TV. I generally check to see who's on the panel and watch if it's a good mix

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