CLEVELAND — NBA commissioner David Stern said in an interview with Sports Illustrated he believes a woman could be playing in the league at some point in the next decade.
Cavaliers forward LeBron James isn’t so sure. The reigning NBA MVP was asked about Stern’s comments prior to the Bulls-Cavaliers game on Friday night.
“Ten years?” James asked. “That’s, like, right around the corner. [In] 10 years, I’ll be 34. I’ll still be in the NBA. I think 10 years is pushing it, honestly.”
“I love all sports,” he continued. “I love watching the girls, especially in the Olympics. They’re wonderful in the WNBA. They’re great. It’s a lot of great players. But 10 years, that’s pushing it. I think that’s pushing it.”
Cavaliers forward Anthony Parker, whose sister, Candace, is perhaps the top women’s player in the world, agreed with James.
“First of all, I don’t see why, other than to say a woman can do it,” he said. “But for long term? No way. My sister is a good player and has great skill, but as far as making an NBA roster? No. She’s 6-4, which is the average height of a shooting guard. I’m never going to say never.
“I just hope I live to see it.”