Brittney-Griner-ESPYs.jpgFans of ABC’s “Shark Tank” know that billionaire tech entrepreneurMark Cuban can be bold and quick on the trigger when it comes to making a deal when he sees something he likes.

He’s the same as owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team. He said earlier this week 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.

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

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.”

Griner is a dominant force in women’s college basketball — she led Baylor to a national championship last year and is a three-time All-American — and she’s eager to have a chance at the NBA.

On April 3, she responded to Cuban’s remarks on Twitter, saying, “I would hold my own! Let’s do it.”

Then, talking to reporters in New Orleans on Saturday (April 6), Griner said, “When are tryouts? The WNBA is where I’m at. That is where I’m going. After that, if I get a shot, why turn down something like that? That’s big, even if you don’t make it. Hey, at least you tried. Somebody pushed the envelope.”

Still, Bond — who hosts the upcoming Food Network series “Giving You the Business,” understands why Cuban is willing to give Griner a shot.

“Hey,” Bond says, “if nothing else, why not? He’s a trend-setter. He’s willing to take risks. If nothing else, it’s going to be phenomenal PR, and the whole world will be watching.”

Posted by:Kate O'Hare