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Could Brittney Griner be the first woman to play in the NBA?

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Aleteia - published on 04/04/13

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has expressed interest in drafting her. But could she really compete with the men?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has expressed interest in possibly drafting Brittney Griner, a 6' 9" female basketball player. Some think she could really compete, others think such a move would just be a PR stunt. USA Today reports on the debate:

After Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he would consider drafting Baylor's Brittney Griner, the age-old debate took off. Can the girls compete with the boys?

Nancy Lieberman has a better perspective than most. "There's not a man who would sell his soul and let her come down and dunk on him. They are going to knock her on her ass," Lieberman, the first woman to play in a men's professional league, said Wednesday. Since the 6-8 Griner plays the post, there is no way that she can physically compete with NBA players, Lieberman, one of the game's all-time greats, said.
Even so, Lieberman, who played in the USBL in the late 1980s, said if Griner called her tomorrow for advice about the NBA, she would tell her: "Do it, girl. You can do this. You should go out there if you're afforded the opportunity because how many people in their lifetime would? You're going to do what nobody has ever done."

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