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.