Women could be playing in the NBA within a decade according to its commissioner David Stern.
But LeBron James can’t imagine having a female teammate or posting up against a woman in the NBA.
Stern said in an interview with Sports Illustrated: “I don’t want to get into all kinds of arguments with players and coaches about the likelihood. But I really think it’s a good possibility.”
James, the league’s reigning MVP, isn’t convinced it will ever happen.
“Ten years?” James said: “That’s like right around the corner. I’ll be 34 and I’ll still be in the NBA. I think 10 years is a little pushing it. I love all sports. I love watching the girls, especially in the Olympics and in the WNBA. They’re great and there are a lot of great players.
“But 10 years? 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 6ft 4in, which is the average height of a shooting guard. I’m never going to say never.
“I just hope I live to see it.”