Will Cuban and Griner take aim at NBA gender barrier?

Will Cuban and Griner take aim at NBA gender barrier?
April 3, 2013, 8:30 am
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Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting pro basketball tidbits -- for Wednesday, April 3 (for news on all other sports, click here):

  • Mark Cuban says he's ready to break the NBA gender barrier by drafting Brittney Griner, and she Tweets that she would "hold [her] own [against men]! Lets do it!" Yet here's something you -- and Cuban, no doubt -- probably don't know: She wouldn't be the first woman to be given a tryout in the league. Ann Meyers Drysdale signed with the Pacers in 1979, but failed to make the team. (AP)

  • 'Melo and the Knicks have a message for the Heat: Don't be counting your rings just yet. (AP)

  • Shaq -- who set the stage for LeBron when he abandoned Orlando and took his talents to L.A. way back when -- is finally rewarded for that act of perfidy (at least in the eyes of Floridians) by having his number retired by the Lakers. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

  • Kobe Bryant didn't see the ceremony, though, because he wanted to stay focused on the game. The Mavs wished he'd joined in the fun, since his triple-double lifted Los Angeles over Dallas. (AP)

  • Just when the Bulls think they're getting healthy and can make a run in the playoffs, Taj Gibson reinjures his knee. (CSN Chicago)

  • Think they don't miss basketball in Seattle? 44,000 have put in requests for season tickets should the Kings break free of Sacramento. (AP)

  • Ex-NBA journeyman Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended for 38 games during the 2009-10 season for pulling a gun in the Wizards' locker room, is indicted on murder and gang charges in Atlanta. (AP)

  • NBA referee Greg Willard dies of pancreatic cancer at age 54. (AP)