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Is NBA worth a shot for Brittney Griner?

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10:55 AM ET 04.07 | Right idea, wrong player. Brittney Griner probably can't "hold her own" with NBA guys, for a lot of reasons. Frankly, it's more of a weight class issue than a gender one. But that doesn't mean it's a bad experiment or the wrong question. What is the awful fate that would befall Griner if she gave an NBA tryout a shot? The worst that can happen is that it would be a stretch -- and what's so bad about stretching? "Why couldn't something like that ever be?" she asked at the women's Final Four. "Even if you don't make it, at least you tried, at least somebody pushed the envelope."

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April 7, 2013  11:00 AM ET

Dominate Or Be Dominated, Sis?

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April 7, 2013  11:43 AM ET

she would be doomed before she even stars.......she's too small to compete.....this can be a rough game......pick a more suitable sport........why do people try the impossible that will end badly?

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April 7, 2013  12:01 PM ET
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That's the key. She would make bank just being in the NBA. Just look at how popular Danica Patrick is and she has never even won a NASCAR race. Of course being cute helped her also. But the whole first woman in ____ concept sells.

The problem is Brittney looks like a dude........not sure would work.

April 7, 2013  12:11 PM ET
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Dominate Or Be Dominated, Sis?

Don't mean to correct you but I do believe it's 'Broette'

April 7, 2013  12:43 PM ET

The Lakers could use BG as a versatile guard where they need speed, length, and youth. I can't see her playing the post, but she could defend smaller players from the perimeter. I have always thought that Cheryl Miller was actually the better basketball in the Miller household.

April 7, 2013  01:39 PM ET

It's a joke to even talk about! There are hundreds probably more like thousands of better male players at her size that have no shot of ever making it in the NBA! Size and twitch speed/quickness and strength basically relegate her to at best maybe Div. II college men's b-ball. Ridiculously insulting conversation for a ton of really good, similarly sized male players!

April 7, 2013  01:43 PM ET

Griner is nothing but a freak show.

April 7, 2013  05:30 PM ET

Quit it....quit it....quite! Let the young lady play in the WNBA and leave it at that. If someone can't see the difference between men's and women's college games, then they should keep on with their dream....Just won't happen...

April 7, 2013  06:18 PM ET

All because Mark Cuban is a loudmouth loser.

April 7, 2013  09:27 PM ET

The way the NBA is now with certain players (Steve Nash) cough...cough .. allowed to just not pay defense, Grinder could actually play in the NBA but as a 3 point specialist. This would mean she would have to dramatically improve her outside shot but she is still 6'8'' and she could be Robert Horry and live outside the 3 point circle.

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April 8, 2013  01:15 AM ET

I'm all for women's lib (and idiot comments by idiot posters like the one above deserve nothing but contempt), but it's just about an objectively measurable fact that Griner would not be able to play evenly with men at the NBA level.

6'8' is huge for a women's basketball player. Not so huge for a men's player. And let's face it, height and wing-span advantage was Griner's primary asset in dominating women's basketball.

Take that way, and you simply have a player that doesn't have much of a vertical jump (she can dunk on a women's goalpost, but not very comfortably... just watch her highlights) and doesn't even come close to approaching the upper-body strength of equivalently tall NBA players. Forget the NBA, Griner wouldn't be able to play for most Division I men's college teams, frankly.

April 8, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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I'm all for women's lib (and idiot comments by idiot posters like the one above deserve nothing but contempt), but it's just about an objectively measurable fact that Griner would not be able to play evenly with men at the NBA level.6'8' is huge for a women's basketball player. Not so huge for a men's player. And let's face it, height and wing-span advantage was Griner's primary asset in dominating women's basketball.Take that way, and you simply have a player that doesn't have much of a vertical jump (she can dunk on a women's goalpost, but not very comfortably... just watch her highlights) and doesn't even come close to approaching the upper-body strength of equivalently tall NBA players. Forget the NBA, Griner wouldn't be able to play for most Division I men's college teams, frankly.

Amen!

 
April 8, 2013  09:43 PM ET

I'd trow er a bang.

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