Brittney Griner Wouldn’t Mind Trying Out for the NBA
The probability of a woman ever making it to the NBA may be zero to none, however, if there is anyone that has a shot, it is Brittney Griner. The All American center from Baylor University plays like a woman amongst little girls in the NCAA and will likely dominate in the WNBA as well. Quite frankly, Griner is too good for women's college basketball and the WNBA level. However, is she of NBA caliber?
"The WNBA is where I'm at," Griner said. "That is where I'm going. After that, if I get a shot, why turn down something like that? That's big, even if you don't make it. Hey, at least you tried. Somebody pushed the envelope."
Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, said that he would take Griner if she were the best player available on the board. In response, Griner said, “I was like, 'Wow, Mark Cuban. He tweeted me? It definitely made me feel good, feel special. I tweeted him back, 'When is tryouts?' I can hold my own. I'll try, too. I'm not going to back down from a challenge.”
Griner’s main strength amongst women is her size. At 6’8 she towers over her competition. However, Griner’s main strength amongst women would be completely neutralized in the NBA. Furthermore, the NBA has players that are not only bigger, but much stronger and athletic.
This is no slight to Griner at all. The discussion in and of itself is a major testament to the greatness of Griner. And while she may never be known as the first woman player in the NBA, there is no reason she cannot be known as the greatest WNBA player ever of all time, which is no small task in and of itself.