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...
MAKES SENSE

Bosh downplays loss to Knicks

The fact that the Knicks beat an undermanned Heat team doesn't change Chris Bosh's belief that his squad could handle them in a playoff series.

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...

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

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...
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Colts reportedly won't allow Hakeem Nicks to wear No. 88

(Credit: BSO) Although the number 88 isn’t officially retired by the Indianapolis Colts, it appears nobody else will wear it again for the team. This includes recently signed wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who wore 88 with the New York Giants. 88 is a sacred number in Indy, as it belonged to the franchise’s all-time leading receiver Marvin Harrison, as well as Hall of Fame tight...
Via Down and Distance
56 minutes ago  | 

Thunder won’t sell playoff tickets to Tennessee residents

The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing their best to achieve a homecourt advantage during the NBA playoffs. To that end, they are limiting ticket sales during the playoffs to residents of Oklahoma and a few neighboring states. Those attempting to purchase playoff tickets for Thunder home games are met with the following note: All Sales […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 hours ago  | 

Celtics open to signing Paul Pierce this offseason

The Boston Celtics made an incredibly difficult decision by trading both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce last offseason, and it tore the hearts out of most Boston fans. According to a report from Ben Rohrbach, the Celtics could very well bring back Pierce this offseason at the right price and situation. If the Celtics were able to bring Pierce back to Boston, it would certainly be...
Via Sports-Glory
6 hours ago  | 

Report: Steve Kerr would accept Knicks job if it were offered

George Willis of the New York Post is reporting that current TNT basketball analyst Steve Kerr is expecting an offer from the New York Knicks to become their next head coach and is prepared to accept the position. A source close to Kerr stated he expects to get the opportunity and is already working behind the scenes with Turner Sports in case an offer comes.  According to...
Via Thacover2
3 hours ago  | 

Pacquiao spends $20K taking 50-man entourage shopping

Manny Pacquiao is a nice and generous guy, but there is a reason most people feel at some point he will end up broke. The problem with 50-man entourages is when you retire they quickly shrink to 5-man entourages. But, Manny was in a giving mood after beating Tim Bradley officially for the first time (unofficially for second time). Manny Pacquiao didn’t waste any time spending his...
Via BlackSportsOnline
5 hours ago  | 

Mark Cuban thinks Bucks selling for $550M is a ‘bargain’

Tweet Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy. He also knows business, and thinks the Milwaukee Bucks were sold well below their value. The Bucks were sold by long-time owner Herb Kohl to a couple of investors for $550 million, about half of what Cuban believes NBA franchises are worth. “I think they got off cheap,” Cuban said via ESPN Dallas. “I think that...
Via Los That Sports Blog
5 hours ago  | 

Danny Ainge: Rajon Rondo will play for Celtics next season

People keep asking. Danny Ainge keeps answering. And answering, and answering. Countless times over the past year, the Boston Celtics’ president of basketball operations has been asked if he is planning to trade point guard Rajon Rondo. Invariably, Ainge has said no, although he adds the standard caveat about always keeping his options open for a deal that knocks him to the floor...
Via NESN.com
4 hours ago  | 

Knicks reportedly will pursue Pau Gasol in free agency

The New York Knicks are expected to target Pau Gasol during the NBA’s free agency period, according to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports. At this point, the Knicks only have their midlevel exception to offer, which is worth around $3.2 million. Pau Gasol recently said that he would take a pay cut to play for […]The post Knicks To Pursue Pau Gasol In Free Agency appeared first on Hoops-Nation.
Via Hoops-Nation
11 hours ago  | 

Report: Yasiel Puig receiving death threats from smugglers

The latest report involving the Dodgers star right-fielder may be the most disturbing yet, and it sounds like something out of an Oliver Stone screenplay. USA Today is reporting that Yasiel Puig has been receiving recent threats on his life. The tale is being told by a Cuban boxer, Yunior Despaigne, who claims he defected Cuba with Puig and is fearful for his own safety, after...
Via BlackSportsOnline
19 hours ago  | 

Craig Sager's son: My dad has leukemia

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has acute leukemia and will begin treatment Friday, according to his son, Craig Sager II, who announced the news via Twitter Thursday. My Dad’s 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let’s get him back on the sidelines soon pic.twitter.com/5CNI55p2Gx — Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 17, 2014 Craig Sager...
Via Beyond The Buzzer
15 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.