- 04/07/2013, 01:22PM ET
J-Business said 04/07, 01:22 PM
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
Owlsfan31 said 04/08, 01:17 PM
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.
J-Business said 04/08, 04:32 PM
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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