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Paul Pierce doesn’t see Brittney Griner making NBA

While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban claimed [1] he might select Baylor women’s basketball sensation Brittney Griner in the second round of this June’s NBA draft and Heat wing Shane Battier [2] suggested [3] a woman will make the league in his lifetime, Celtics [4] captain Paul Pierce [5] doesn’t foresee either scenario playing out anytime soon.

“I think it will be a little difficult, just because of the physicality of the sport,” said Pierce, who has watched the many highlights of Griner [6]. “The men are much faster, much stronger and much more athletic. Will it happen one day? I don’t know. They have a women’s league, where they are the best women in the world. Honestly, I can’t tell you if I can see a woman right now playing in the NBA. Not in the next couple of years. No.”

The 6-foot-8 senior set NCAA [7] women’s career records for dunks and blocks, won the national title as a junior and claimed her second straight Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year trophy this season.

“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban told reporters before a game last week.

Added Battier: “There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player.”

As usual, Celtics coach Doc Rivers [8] did a better dancing around the issue than anyone.

“If I find a green man walking down the street and I think he can rebound, I’€™m going to draft him,” he told reporters prior to Friday’s loss to the Cavaliers [9]. “So, I don’€™t think anyone cares. Obviously, it would make a huge story and it would be really cool. I just don’€™t know the answer. I don’€™t watch it enough to know, but it would be great.”

Perhaps Pierce and Griner should play a game of 1-on-1 to settle this NBA debate once and for all.