DALLAS — Mark Cuban reiterated his stance Wednesday that he would have no problems selecting Baylor All-America center Brittney Griner in the NBA Draft on June 27 if she was worthy of being drafted.“I said we’ll put her through the same process as we put everybody else, and if she’s the best player on the board, I wouldn’t have any problems drafting her because she’s a female,” Cuban said. “The point being I want to get the best players — no exceptions.”Like all NBA teams, the Mavs invite several draft prospects in for workouts and interviews prior to the draft. Griner, Cuban said, could be included in that pool of players.“We’ll give her that chance,” Cuban said. “If she wants to come in and work out against guys and show she can play, I’m more than happy to bring her in.”Cuban wouldn’t say if he thought a female could survive in the NBA.“It all depends on if she can play or not,” Cuban said. “I don’t care what gender, what race, what religious beliefs or what planet they were born on.”Mayo making playsAs the regular season is winding to a close, coach Rick Carlisle likes the way shooting guard O.J. Mayo has improved his playmaking abilities.In short, Carlisle believes the Mavs have given Mayo more opportunities to showcase his playmaking skills than he had during his first four NBA seasons playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.“I know that Memphis didn’t put him in those kinds of situations,” Carlisle said. “They had other guys to be the trigger-man, to create double teams, to create problems.“They didn’t have a strong belief in him as a guy who could play the pick-and-roll, and both see his shot and find other guys. Over the course of the season he’s learned how to do that much better, and it’s been kind of a laboratory situation.”Within that laboratory, Mayo has committed three or more turnovers in 26 different games. But Carlisle knew Mayo’s learning curve came with a price.“He’s had the opportunity to go through rough times and learn,” Carlisle said. “In Memphis they just pulled him out of the game and put another guy in there.“There were two other guys that they thought could play that position well, too. And one of them probably was starting.”Dirk overpaid? Mark Cuban offered his own criticism when he was informed that Dirk Nowitzki was recently listed by Forbes as the fifth-most overpaid player in the NBA.“Let me tell you this about Forbes,” Cuban said. “They think I own a yacht.“Despite me telling them I don’t own a yacht, they continue to write that I own a yacht.” As the third-highest paid player in the NBA, Nowitzki is collecting $20.907 million this season.
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