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Mark Cuban is known for his unconventional and even controversial ways -- sitting among fans during games and being outspoken on many topics, just to name a few cases. So his latest proposal, for Dallas to possibly draft Brittney Griner or invite her to try out for a spot on the team's summer league roster, isn't that mind-boggling. Is this something the Mavericks organization should consider?
Worth a try?
Mark Cuban is known for his smart investments, so investing in Brittney Griner would be a good thing, right?
Playing with the big boys?
Brittney Griner was an three-time All-American, set the NCAA women's record for blocks in a season and holds the overall NCAA record for career blocks. Would that make her ready for the NBA?
Nancy Lieberman played in the USBL in the 1980s, but no women have played in any of the major American men's leagues.
On Wednesday, "First Take" discussed Mark Cuban's comments about the Lakers' chemistry. Cuban said that all the new stars in Los Angeles might not want to be there, and that Los Angeles has tried a star-laden strategy before. Skip Bayless thinks Cuban might be on to something, but Stephen A. Smith thinks talent will eventually win out, although it might not be this season. What's your take?
Kobe Bryant will sit out of Sunday's game against the Mavericks, as he continues to recover from inflammation in his left shin that forced him to miss the past four games. How worried should Lake Show fans be about Bryant's injury? The Lakers are 3-0 against Dallas this season; will they make it a clean sweep?
Lamar Odom's time as a Maverick never really had a grace period -- he didn't seem to want to be there, and the Mavericks couldn't find a way to use him effectively. It's kind of a moot point now, as Odom and the Mavericks are severing ties, although Odom still will be under the team's control. He'll be inactive for the rest of the season, and the team probably will try to trade him in the offseason. All in all, a strange ending for a player who seemed so happy in Los Angeles and so miserable in Dallas.
Who's at fault?
Lamar Odom did an awful lot of sitting on the bench during his time in Dallas. Whether that was his fault or the Mavericks' is your call.
Back to Los Angeles?
Odom would be a natural fit for the Lakers, but changes in the team's composition might preclude him from rejoining.
Fate of the Mavericks?
The Mavericks have a tenuous grasp on seventh place in the Western Conference -- a badly timed skid could leave them out in the cold.
Mavericks in trouble?
For the Mavericks, both of their losses have been painful -- a shellacking at the hands of the Heat which wasn't as close as the final score, and a simple beatdown from the Nuggets.
Lakers in trouble?
The Lakers' losses have been more painful -- a close match against the Bulls and a nine-point loss to the normally-hapless Kings.
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