Mark Cuban loves to talk. Not only does Mark Cuban love to talk, he loves to say things to rile people up. And he’s pretty good at it. Case in point, the reaction that his comments about drafting Baylor star Brittney Griner has received.
Cuban told ESPN that he would have “no problem whatsoever” drafting Griner in the upcoming NBA draft, “if she is the best on the board.”
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said before the Mavs’ Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “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.”
“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.”
On one hand, there is the curiosity factor to see how effective she would be in the men’s game. But on the other hand, this reeks of publicity. And that’s something Cuban is well aware of.
Cuban acknowledged that Griner playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league would have tremendous marketing potential.
“It would, wouldn’t it? See how she could do?” Cuban said. “That’d sell out a few games.”
We don’t know if Cuban would actually pull the trigger on this. And we don’t know how well Griner would do. But we do know that Griner is confident she would “hold her own.”