Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBA?

Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBAMark Cuban told reporters before the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers that not only would he give Brittney Griner a chance to be in the NBA, he would draft her if she was the best player still available (via ESPN):

‘I’d lean toward yes’

If she is the best on the board, I will take her. 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 the news that Cuban would consider picking up Griner in the NBA Draft, or at least giving her a chance to make a splash in a tryout, she gave Cuban the word that she was ready for the challenge.


‘Not just among women’

For the record, Dallas holds the 43rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, not one in the late-50s. Regardless, Cuban talked about picking up Griner as if it would be more than just a publicity stunt, though he was obviously aware of the increased attention the Mavericks would get if he were to go through with it.

Griner, the three-time First Team All-American, 2012 AP Player of the Year, three-time Big 12 Player of the Year and four-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has put together one of the most impressive college careers of any basketball player, not just among women. The only question left is whether or not she would be able to hang with men, even as one of the team’s last players off the bench.

So, would it be a good idea to draft Brittney Griner for the NBA? Who says ‘Yay’ and who says ‘Nay’?

Source: Jesse Dorsey, Bleacher Report

Image: Newsmax

NFL Considering A Pro Bowl Draft

NFL Considering A Pro Bowl DraftThe NFL is still fighting the good fight to save the Pro Bowl, hoping a draft will give the dying exhibition game a shot of life.

‘Lamest All-Star exhibition’

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport delivered some interesting news on the future of the lamest All-Star exhibition in sports. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a report on how the league was going to kill it off completely:

“The @nfl hopes to settle on the future of the Pro Bowl today. One option: Having a draft as a way to divvy up teams, rather than conference.”


‘Beyond repair’

Some may think the Pro Bowl is something that can be saved or remedied with some tweaking and clever maneuvering, but it’s beyond repair. And we really should be fine with that. Football just doesn’t work as an exhibition: the hits are weak, the play is dull and fan interest is remarkably low.

I still contend the best idea is to stop the game completely. An annual Pro Bowl announcement can still be held, but the game itself needs to go. Having a draft is a great idea, as this will garner interest from a sports world that lives for drafts. But when it comes to the actual game, if a win doesn’t matter one way or another, then why watch?

So, do you think the Pro Bowl should just go? Or should the NFL keep trying to come up with ways to save it?

Source: Gabe Zaldivar, Bleacher Report

Image: ESPN