Whoa! Crazy, awesome news in the basketball world today! The owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, said he’d be willing to give Baylor women’s basketball player Brittney Griner a chance to play in the NBA.
Before last night’s game, he said:
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her.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, a Big 12 player of the year and a three-time All American, is one of the best players in women’s college basketball. According to ESPN, the 6’8 Griner scored 3,283 points in her career and had 18 dunks, including 11 during her senior season.
Now, I do not follow basketball of any sort, other than relying on my friends to let me know if our college team is doing well this year (GO TERPS!). So I don’t have much to say about this within the context of the basketball world. But Brittney Griner sounds pretty damn amazing to me. She’s on board with trying out for the Mavericks, too. On Twitter, she said:
“I would hold my own! Lets do it.”
Of course all the dude bros tweeting on the #GrinerNBA hashtag on Twitter are having a ball saying hateful and misogynistic things about her and her chances of playing in the NBA. Like this classy guy:
Oh, and this mofo:
So, as you can see, even if she did make or was given a chance on the team, she’d have a hell of a lot of appalling sexist bullshit to wade through before she even got on the basketball court. ESPN commentators seem to agree that she has no chance of getting into the NBA, much less hacking it if she actually gets there.
Cuban said if the Mavs don’t draft her, he’d be happy to invite her to try out for a spot on the NBA summer league.
“She’d still have to make the team. 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.”
I’m sure all the biological essentialists are having a field day with this news, the idea of a woman playing in the men’s league: “Her body is made differently. Men’s bodies are more athletic. They’re stronger!” Blah, blah, blah. Some of that may be true in relation to basketball, but like I said, I don’t really know enough about it to weigh in on height and body structure and build and how all of that effects your career in basketball. What I do know? If Brittney Griner herself and Mark Cuban both have faith in her abilities as a player, that’s more than enough for me to support Brittney and her chance at playing in the NBA.