go to MSN.com
Found April 04, 2013 on Gamedayr:
PLAYERS: Shane Battier
TEAMS: Miami Heat

Via Gamedayr:

There is very little doubt that now-former Baylor All-American Brittney Griner is the best female player college basketball has ever seen.

Now that her illustrious four-year career has wound down, a new, intriguing question has arisen: Could Griner, who stands in at 6 feet 8, weighs more than 200 pounds and wears a men’s size 17 or 18 shoe, compete against the fellas in the NBA instead of heading to the WNBA?

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban only stoked the flames of this fire when he told reporters that he would have no trouble drafting Griner if she was the best player on the board.

To which Griner responded that she could hold her own.

Most folks out there might have scoffed at this notion, but do not count the Miami Heat’s Shane Battier among them. The forward won a title while at Duke and is seen as one of the brightest minds in the game today.

When asked to give his two cents, he was not sure if Griner would be the one, but he definitely sees a female NBA player in the not-too-distant future.

“There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player,” Battier told ESPN.com after Thursday’s Heat practice at AmericanAirlines Arena.

“I don’t know if it’s Griner or if it’s someone who is 5 years old right now,” Battier said. “But we’ll see it. It’ll happen in our lifetime. Just the law of averages.”

Interestingly, Battier does not necessarily believe the female has to be tall. Rather, what is important is how athletically gifted the player is. He used his own teammate, LeBron James, as an example.

“I don’t think it would be out of the realm of possibility that [one day] we’ll see a female LeBron,” Battier said. “You could be the most skilled player in the world that the women’s game has ever seen, but that won’t cut it in the NBA. She’d have to be a physical specimen.”

Griner is, without question, the closest we have seen to that in the women’s game thus far. Her 3,283 points are the second-most all-time and her 748 blocks are the most of any player, male or female, period.

While it may not wind up being Griner, the fact that she is even in this conversation is a huge step in terms of respect for women’s sports and female athletes.

More from Gamedayr:
1 Comment:
  • Lets just say the all too obvious in a not too obvious way: .05 percent of human beings are born with a unique DNA/Chromosomal structure of which 98 percent happen to be caucasion or african. You MUST be in this .05 percent to play for pay. PLUS of these rare sub-species of beings 100 percent of the MALE genome are 100 percent of those who play for pay. BTW I'm just a plain old 99.5percenter of the female genome. Let me say however, just these physical lottery traits are only made good when combined with,and MOST IMPORTANTLY ...... LUCK to not suffer a chronic injury in hi school,college etc. It would be more honest that these .05 percenters are even a seperate species than you and I as science has known for over 30 years. My advice if you would like your child to play for pay , make sure you choose a .05 percenter as either mother or better yet father. Then hope they don't destroy their amazing body before they bring home their first pay check, and cause you to have to work a job that no matter what you may tell yourself is not what you would be doing if your kid was a DT for even the lowly 49ers. lol - ballgirl
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Shane Battier Predicts NBA Will Have Female Player In His Lifetime

Amid the could she / couldn’t she talk revolving around whether Brittney Griner could make the NBA, Heat forward, Shane Battier predicts that we will see a female basketball player make the NBA in our lifetime. According to ESPN: “There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player,” Battier told ESPN.com after Thursday’s Heat practice at AmericanAirlines...

Mike Miller finds a place in the Heat's rotation

MIAMI The old man is back. This time, he even can walk.When Miami Heat guard Mike Miller scored 18 points Tuesday against New York, it marked his most prolific outing since he put up 23 in a dramatic Game 5 Finals win last June over Oklahoma City. Plenty remember that night, including President Barack Obama.Mike Miller could barely walk, Obama quipped in January when the Heat visited...

LeBron James wins Player of the Month again

It might be tough for LeBron James to get a season sweep since he will rest for some games down the stretch. But, for now, he's been perfect. The Miami Heat star on Friday won his fifth NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month Award in five months. He became the first player in NBA history to receive the honor for five straight months during a single season. In winning the...

Chris Bosh's home robbed of 340k in jewelry

MIAMI (AP) -- Thieves made off with an estimated 340,000 in jewelry from Miami Heat star Chris Bosh's home while he was out celebrating his birthday. Miami Beach police say Bosh called them about 12:30 a.m. Thursday after he and his wife returned from his well-publicized party at South Beach's Bamboo nightclub. The couple noticed a jewelry drawer was open and numerous watches...

Thieves steal $340K in jewelry from Bosh home

Thieves made off with an estimated $340,000 in jewelry from Miami Heat star Chris Bosh's home while he was out celebrating his birthday. Miami Beach police say Bosh called them about 12:30 a.m. Thursday after he and his wife returned from his well-publicized party at South Beach's Bamboo nightclub. The couple noticed a jewelry drawer was open and numerous watches, rings...

Chris Bosh was Robbed

((ht: sunsentinel.com)) No, really, he was actually robbed by people yet undetermined. It appears that Mr. Bosh and his wife returned home early Thursday morning from his "Birthday Bash" at Miami Beach's Bamboo Club to find that quite a few valuables were taken from his home. According to reports, the list includes purses, jewelry, cash and watches. Value estimate...

Report: Gary Payton Elected on First Ballot to Basketball Hall of Fame, Selects John Stockton as Presenter

The Basketball of Fame will add The Glove. Gary Payton, who played for the Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, according to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com. Payton is considered one of the best point guards in NBA history. He was a nine-time All-Star and an NBA champion and averaged...

Caption The Photo: Lebron James & Savannah Brinson Moroccan Style

Moroccan style theme for LeBron and his lady. Wonder what the Iron Sheik is going to Tweet when he sees this.

Knicks beat Heat, Melo scores 50, James and Wade sit

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are getting some much-deserved rest.  The two superstars helped the Miami Heat to an incredible 27-game winning streak.  With them on the bench, the team is just not the same - as proven last night. Carmelo Anthony dropped 50 for the Knicks and New York beat Miami 102-90 last night.  The performance was impressive, but it also served to show just...

New Rash Of Injuries Has The Heat Avoiding The Game Floor Like The Plague

So if you watched any basketball on TNT last night, you probably saw Danilo Gallinari‘s injury where his knee buckled in a non-contact situation and it doesn’t look good.  Don’t want to speculate too much as he hasn’t gotten an MRI yet, but I think he’ll be out when next year starts.  Of course it could be just a strain and he got lucky, but I think he’s cuttable.  Sucks...

James, Wade, Chalmers, Allen may sit Friday (Yahoo! Sports)

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat are bracing to be short-handed again when visiting the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/james-wade-chalmers-allen-may-sit-friday-yahoo-sports
Heat News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jeff Fisher goes on the attack, slams ESPN, Josina Anderson

NFL head coaches tend to have a relationship with their players that extend to off the football field themselves. They give off-field advice, tutor them on the issues that are presented to players in the real world and get offensive when players are unfarily scrutinized by the media and skeptics.  This is exactly what St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher did in defense of rookie...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago

Peterson: ‘I work with the mindset of being the best ever’

The Minnesota Vikings are heading into yet another season where running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be one of the top backs in the league. Peterson has powered Minnesota’s offense for seven years already, and has amassed 10,115 yards and 86 touchdowns on 2,033 carries. Needless to say, he has put up big numbers on a Vikings’ offense that hasn’t had a good quarterback...
Via Sports-Glory
10 hours ago

Doc Rivers signs extension with Clippers through 2019

With a new owner in place, the Los Angeles Clippers are keeping their head coach and President of Basketball Operations, Doc Rivers. The Clippers announced on Wednesday that they have signed Rivers to a contract extension that lasts through the 2019 season. Breaking: Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract that will keep him with […]
Via Full Scale Sports
6 hours ago

Josh Gordon's one-year suspension upheld by NFL

  Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports that Browns WR Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy has been upheld. Gordon has released a statement regarding the decision: “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
6 hours ago

Kobe: 'I would go 0-30 before I would go 0-9' from the floor

The Kobe documentary is shaping up to be must-see TV, especially if we are going to get more quotes like this. Gotham Chopra, the director of “Kobe Bryant’s Muse”, an upcoming documentary on Bryant, told a story about being with Kobe and watching the Nets and the Heat play. Recounts Chopra, “Deron Williams went like 0-9. I was like, ‘Can you believe Deron Williams went...
Via BlackSportsOnline
7 hours ago

Police: Jermain Taylor shot cousin several times, in custody

Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault in the shooting of his cousin, a Pulaski County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Office spokesman told ESPN. The cousin remains in serious condition at an area hospital after being shot multiple times, the spokesperson, Lt. Carl Minden said. The incident...
Via Low Brow Sports
12 hours ago

Kevin Love to Glen Taylor: Focus on your own team

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor took some parting shots at Kevin Love on Tuesday, pointing out some shortcomings in the star forward’s game and wondering out loud if he will be a good fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love responded on Wednesday by basically telling Taylor to worry about himself. Love’s message during an appearance […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 hours ago

CBS Sports to launch 'We Need to Talk,' first all-female show

After much speculation, CBS Sports announced Tuesday that they’ll be debuting the first-ever all-female sports show. “We Need To Talk” will be hosted, produced, and directed by women. Leslie Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce will host the show, which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. “From the moment news of...
Via NESN.com
21 hours ago

Ned Yost rips Royals fans for poor attendance at games

The Kansas City Royals are sitting atop the American League Central and, barring a collapse, are poised to make the playoffs for the first time since the won the World Series in 1985. Yet, for some reason, manager Ned Yost is not happy. “I know there’s different things you can do. But there’s a real need for our fans to be a part of this. We had a great crowd last night, and...
Via Hall of Very Good
16 hours ago

Report: Patriots players 'pissed' about Mankins trade

Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesWe've seen this story before.Patriots players were, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, "pissed" about the Logan Mankins trade.  A league source connected to several Patriots players used a “p” word that rhymes with “missed” to describe the mood in the locker room Tuesday. Many players still felt that Mankins was the best lineman...
Via Patriots Life
19 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.