<
>

Dirk, Carlisle weigh in on Brittney Griner

DENVER -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn’t ready to offer a scouting report on Brittney Griner and isn’t willing to weigh in on the likelihood of the former Baylor star becoming the first woman to play in the NBA.

It’s a subject that has been the topic of much discussion after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that he’d consider drafting the 6-foot-8 Griner in the second round and essentially invited her to try out for Dallas’ summer league team.

“I haven’t watched a single game all year,” Carlisle said. “I know she’s a hell of a player. Beyond that, I don’t want to get into the polarizing discussion about it. …

“I think it’s important to have an owner who is open-minded and I think it’s important that the organization is open-minded. But ultimately, whether or not she can play is something I don’t want to get into.”

Dirk Nowitzki respectfully and reasonably expressed doubt about Griner’s ability to compete against NBA players, based simply on her size and skill set.

Griner, who dunked 18 times and set the NCAA record for blocked shots during her spectacular Baylor career, dominated the women’s game with her size and athleticism. However, she’d be extremely undersized as an NBA center.

“(Players that height are) kind of caught between a 3 and a 4,” Nowitzki said, referring to the forward positions. “It’s tough. You’ve got to be fast and athletic at that spot. You’ve got to be able to shoot. You’ve got to be able to go by people, guard people on the other end, chase people off of screen-and-rolls and post up.

“It’s tough, it’s tough.”