Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is certainly no stranger to making bold moves, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if he was the one to draft the NBA’s first female player.
Cuban went on to say that if she wasn’t drafted, he would have “no problem whatsoever” giving the 6-foot-8 Big 12 Player of the Year an opportunity to try out for a spot on the Mavericks’ summer league squad.
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said. “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.”
After hearing of Cuban’s comments, Griner quickly responded on Twitter, writing: “”I would hold my own! Lets do it.”
Griner is known as one of the most raw talents women’s college hoops has ever seen. She scored more than 3,000 points and blocked more than 700 shots during her career at Baylor, and she also holds the record for most career in-game dunks.
Though Cuban, among plenty of others, would love to see Griner get a chance, he said he wouldn’t treat her any differently from the men and that she would have to earn her spot on the team.
“She’d still have to make the team,” Cuban said. “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.”
At the same time, Cuban, who is known for his entrepreneurial business savvy, also noted the marketing potential behind accepting Griner to the summer league team.
“It would, wouldn’t it? See how she could do?” Cuban said of the idea. “That’d sell out a few games.”
Even if Griner were to just try out, it would be a historic moment for the NBA, as former UCLA star Ann Meyers was the first, last and only woman to try out for a team – the Indiana Pacers in 1979.