Commissioner David Stern said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he believes women could be playing in the league within the next decade.

CLEVELAND — LeBron James can't imagine having a female teammate or posting up against a woman in the NBA.

Commissioner David Stern said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he believes women could be playing in the league within the next decade.

"I don't want to get into all kinds of arguments with players and coaches about the likelihood," Stern told SI. "But I really think it's a good possibility."

Asked about Stern's take, James, the league's reigning MVP, wasn't convinced it will ever happen.

"Ten years?" James said before the Cavaliers hosted Chicago on Friday night. "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 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."