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Cuban flew over the cuckoo's nest

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
Weekly Citizen Sports Editor Kyle Riviere

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has always been a little quirky, but that's what makes him who he is.

There has always proved to be a method behind his madness as he has rode that "crazy like a fox" persona to an empire worth billions of dollars. And along the way, he has become a very good owner.

The Mavericks were one of biggest laughing stocks in the NBA prior to him taking over the team. Once he got his hands on them, he added his youthful exuberance into the mix, threw his money around and before you knew it, they were contenders.

Since being the owner, they've made two NBA Finals appearances and won a championship two years ago.

The man obviously knows what he's doing. Well, that's what I always thought until he said one of the most insane and equally-ludicrous things I've heard in all my years of watching sports just last week.

Cuban said that he will consider drafting Baylor's Brittney Griner in the second round of this year's NBA Draft. Yep, Cuban has officially fastened his seatbelt and flown his private jet over the cuckoo's nest. But what may be even more baffling is just how many people have entertained the notion since he said it.

If you know basketball, you know that this isn't about gender; this is about analyzing what you see and breaking down the measurables. Every one of those measurables point to Cuban's idea being mentally-irregular.

Griner is only 6-foot-8 and due to her lack of speed and athleticism, she could only play power forward or center in the NBA. That means she would have to go up against guys 6-foot-10 and taller every night.

To go with that, each opponent would most likely out-weigh her by up to 50 pounds and would have clear advantages over her in speed, athleticism, strength and leaping-ability.

That's not even mentioning the struggles she would have on the other end of the floor trying to stop these big, powerful guys under the basket defensively.

The only position a female player would have a chance of playing in the NBA is point guard. In that capacity, they wouldn't be so over-matched when it came to height.

However, even as point guard, they would have to face guys as tall as 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds with supreme speed and athleticism.

The No. 1 challenge would be defense. I think it's safe to say that no WNBA point guard could stay with the likes of Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook or Derrek Rose.

I'm not saying WNBA women aren't tremendous athletes; they are. They would certainly make me and most men look like fools.

However, we're not talking about most men. We're talking about NBA superstars. They're the greatest basketball players and some of the greatest pure athletes in the world.

Why are people like Cuban even bunching Griner together with the men anyway? She's the most dominant force in the history of women's college basketball and looks to be a big-time future WNBA player. I don't see why people are acting like that's not good enough--like she can only be truly great if she can do it against men.

Let's not turn her into a sideshow like Michelle Wie in golf. Let her be a woman and compete with other women like she has done her whole life. She doesn't have to prove herself by being able to score on Tim Duncan.

And as far as Cuban, I really hope his quotes were just the result of him being bored and in desperate need of attention. If not, we already know who to cast as R.P. McMurphy if they ever remake "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."