Griner, men and the WNBA


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            Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is no stranger to controversy. So it’s not surprising he would float the possibility that he might draft Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner in the second round. She has tweeted that she’s all in favor of that.

            Sorry, but that’s been done. The Jazz drafted Lusia “Lucy” Harris way back in 1977, with the 137th pick.  But that’s where the story ended. She never reported to training camp, mainly because she was pregnant.

            Now people are saying Griner could be the first woman to stick in the NBA. Shane Battier is saying a woman will play in the league in our lifetimes.  But many have  pointed out that Griner’s game is inside, yet she would be a wing player in the NBA, without wing  player skills.

            If a woman were to be included on an NBA team, it would create a mess because men who didn’t make the NBA could then demand to play in the WNBA, right? Imagine 6-foot-11, 275-pound Raphael Araujo, after washing out of the NBA, playing in the women’s league.

            So the main problem isn’t really women playing in the men’s league — though that seems unlikely on a physicality basis. It’s men wanting to play in the women’s league. At that point, it could become the WoMen’s National Basketball Association, dominated by men.

            Just what the WNBA doesn’t need.

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  1. Schmee Longbottom

    I think that Griner could make some impact in the NBA, but she really would not have the long lasting physicality to remain there. She is the same height as Gordon Hayward…..but he plays shooting guard. I guess you could train her up 24/7 over the summer on shooting the 3 and ball handling. Although, if you could get NBA caliber shooting and handling skills in 1 summer, I would be suiting up for the Miami Heat next year.

  2. vinny

    I think think the only impact she would make in the NBA would be publicity. Publicity that is more sorely needed in the WNBA. I think going to the NBA would be a slap in the face of the WNBA.

    Like Schmee said, she would have to train all summer to become a true wing player. She would also have to do that with a different sized ball than she usually plays with. What NBA GM in their right mind would draft someone knowing they don’t have a chance at their current position but hoping that they will all of a sudden become a great outside shooter. The only reason she would be drafted is for money and publicity.

    I think it would be interesting to see how she does, but I don’t see her lasting long when every player in the NBA can meet her at the rim which is something she hasn’t faced before.

  3. Bob

    The UTAH Jazz drafted her in 1977, 2 years before the UTAH Jazz even existed? Amazing.

    Unless the team was calling itself the Utah Jazz while they were still in New Orleans. No wonder they had trouble selling tickets.

    Rockmonster, you’ve een taking story-writing tips from the guys at KSL.

  4. DJ

    Living in Texas, I’ve seen Griner play several times. She’s an anomaly physically, and obviously dominates inside among women, but she would not play for the Baylor men’s team, kept alone the NBA. Even among the women teams, when the opposition plays physically against her, she wilts and sometimes loses her composure. Griner in the NBA? Only as a sideshow joke!

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