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Mark Cuban: Brittney Griner could play in the NBA

Mark Cuban: Brittney Griner would get a shot at joining the Dallas Mavericks says the owner. Mark Cuban said: 'If she is the best on the board, I will take her.'  Brittney Griner responded: 'I will hold my own!'

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Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) blocks the shot of Oklahoma's Joanna McFarland (53) during an NCAA college basketball game in Waco Texas in January. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he would give her a shot at making his team. t

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Mark Cuban says he'd give Baylor All-American Brittney Griner a shot at making his NBA team.

Here's what the owner of the Dallas Mavericks said before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN:

"If she is the best on the board, I will take her. 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, and it's not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it."

Griner responded on Twitter Wednesday: "I would hold my own! Let's do it."

For those who have been out of the country (or have been lodging under a rock) in recent weeks, Brittney Griner is a Baylor University phenom. At 6-feet 8-inches, she's taller than many NBA men. As a college player, she lead the NCAA in blocked shots (721) this year, and had the second-most points (3,123) scored ever in women's college basketball. And Griner has an NCAA women's record 14 career dunks to her credit.

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