Ex NBA player skeptical of first woman playing in the NBA


Walter-BondThe owner of Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban recently made an announcement that he would offer a tryout to women’s college basketball star Brittney Griner.

“If she’s the best on the board, I would take her,” Cuban said. “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.”

Former NBA player Walter Bond isn’t overly optimistic about the 6-foot-8 Griner’s chances.

Bond played for Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets in his NBA career.

He averaged career high 8 ppg in his rookie season (1992-93) for the Mavericks. Bond holds career averages of 5.7 ppg and 15.9 mpg, appearing in 153 NBA games (42 started).

“Miss Griner, Brittney, is a phenomenal talent,” Bond, who played three seasons in the NBA and is now a motivational speaker, told Zap2it.

“She has transformed college basketball. You have to understand, my big sister played college basketball. She went to the national championships with USC back in the ’80s, playing with a girl named Cheryl Miller. So, I was following women’s basketball back in the ’80s, so I knew women could play years ago.

“But to translate that to the NBA is not realistic. You’re talking about the NBA — that’s the best athletes in the world. Although Brittney Griner is the best basketball player in the world on the women’s side, I just don’t think it translates to the NBA. Now, she’s going to be a WNBA superstar, and she’ll instantly be the best player in the WNBA, but if she thinks she can play in the NBA … I don’t think it’s realistic. Just physically, strength, you’re talking about grown men who can bench-press 300 pounds.”

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