A bad idea at the wrong time
You know, I thought this idiotic Mark Cuban statement that he might get the Dallas Mavericks to draft Baylor superstar Britney Griner in the second round of the draft would be laughed off as the ridiculous idea that it is and it would simply go away.
Because the media is what the media is these days – a series of too many outlets with too many “platforms” to fill and too much time to kill – the notion still had legs last night.
I know, we are often our own worst enemies.
Anyway, let me give you six words to describe it:
Publicity seeking owner.
Look, Britney Griner is a brilliant basketball player, of that there is no doubt, and I think you know me well enough to understand that I appreciate women’s sports more than your average bear.
But, come on. A little realism here.
Griner, in case you have been not paying attention, is a 6-8 tour de force who was the most dominant woman in NCAA basketball over at least the past two seasons.
But the NBA?
Not a chance. No matter what Cuban says in what had to be a lame attempt to either make himself seem enlightened or to get his name in the headlines, again.
Griner is a post player who would be chewed up and spat out by even the most marginal NBA starting big man. She doesn’t nearly have the skills to play small forward, nor is she strong enough to physically battle men,
Sorry. Won’t happen.
What Cuban has done – intentionally or otherwise – is get people going for no real reason; if he was to waste one of two draft picks this way, he should be mocked mercilessly. And Griner should probably know enough to politely decline the offer. Women have made great, great strides in athletics and the perception of them, this would be a step back for the circus-like atmosphere it would create with no chance of success.
Now, do I think that one day there might be a woman capable of at least getting on an NBA roster?
Given the advancements in physiology and the women’s game, there might be one person sometime in the next couple of decades that could do it. She would be a physically and mentally strong 6-1 or 6-2 guard with above average quickness, shooting skill and strength.
But that’s years and years away.
It’s certainly not a relatively thin 6-8 forward and it’s certainly not now.
Terribly easy travel day – I’m putting the Minneapolis airport among the very best in the league, it’s outstanding – and it was as pretty clear day.
Wonder if we flew over Duluth or Hibbing?
You know why.
Pretty dead quiet day yesterday, as to be expected for the only off day during a stretch of three games in four nights but I bet there was one thing Dwane got to work on.
Getting some time on the court for his three kids at the same time.
Watching Valanciunas, Acy and Ross on the floor together the other night was hilarious; they were scurrying around with little or no obvious purpose; it was like three strangers all of a sudden being asked to work in unison.
Now, it’s as much on the kids as anything, they should know what to do regardless of who’s out there with them and they didn’t seem to do that.
If the final seven games are going to include any longer periods of time with them playing together, in the name of all that’s good in the world, I hope they get it.
Please. We’re down a pint or two over there, it seems.
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We all mourn the loss of Roger Ebert, he was a giant in our craft and I don’t know too many people who didn’t at least take note of him and Gene Siskel when they were doing their television stuff so many years ago.
I loved his bravery in sticking with his passion for the entirety of his life; he didn’t give in, he did was he loved until he simply could not do it any more.
A brilliant way to finish a brilliant career.
Now, I don’t recall a lot of Ebert’s work but someone did point this one out yesterday, his review of Hoop Dreams is pretty damn good and gives you a sense of the breadth of his talent.
So I do the weekly Nothin’ But Net (it’s here if you missed it and I hope you didn’t) and as I’m typing about the Pacers and Grizzlies I was thinking a bit about which teams can survive the big injury that seems to derail championship dreams far too often.
And then I watched Chicago – without Rose, Noah, Bellinelli, Gibson and Richard Hamilton – beat Brooklyn after being down 16 and that’s the kind of mental toughness you want in a team.
It’s not something we’re used to seeing around these parts and it’s one of the things most lacking up and down this roster.
And then I watched a bit of the Spurs-Thunder and Tony Parker goes down and who knows how long he’ll be out but I do know San Antonio will just suck it up and play. And win.
And then I heard about Danilo Gallinari possibly blowing out his knee in Denver and while that’s a huge blow to the Nuggets if it’s true, I don’t imagine George Karl or the players let it become an issue.
It’s a trait of a good team, indeed.