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Angel Reese Seems to Shade Caitlin Clark, Fever in Cryptic Put up After Sky’s Win

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV May 24, 2024 Evan Yu/NBAE via Getty Images The Indiana Fever and rookie phenom Caitlin Clark were the first WNBA team to receive a chartered flight this season, as players, coaches and fans continue to push for chartered flights to become the norm. But after Angel Reese and the

Angel Reese Seems to Shade Caitlin Clark, Fever in Cryptic Put up After Sky’s Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTX.com LogoFeatured Columnist IVCould 24, 2024

BROOKLYN, NY - MAY 23: Angel Reese #5 of the Chicago Sky looks on during the game against the New York Liberty on May 23, 2024 in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE (Photo by Evan Yu/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Indiana Fever and rookie phenom Caitlin Clark had been the first WNBA team to obtain a chartered flight this season, as gamers, coaches and followers proceed to push for chartered flights to turn into the norm.

However after Angel Reese and the Chicago Sky upset the New York Liberty 90-81 on Thursday night time, the rookie ahead fired off a since-deleted social media submit that might have been interpreted as shade being thrown in Clark’s path:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Angel after the Sky’s W tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/wKpp3T9CXT

You are free to dissect that as you please, however listed here are a couple of items of context to think about.

One, Reese has already been outspoken in regards to the Sky not receiving chartered flights:

Equipment Guinhawa @BeatKit22

Angel Reese has a message for the WNBA 👀

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“Simply praying that this is without doubt one of the final business fligts the Chicago Sky has to fly….

Like Breezy mentioned “Working towards gratitude & endurance because the league introduces constitution flights for all groups.” pic.twitter.com/jq1iaOocn4

She hasn’t been alone in that regard:

Brittney Sykes @BrittBundlez

Difficult * sheeeshhh

“It is robust that the season is beginning at present and we’re nonetheless making an attempt to determine these kinks,” Connecticut Solar guard Dijonai Carrington informed CBS Sports earlier in Could concerning quite a few groups not receiving chartered flights. “However some groups have not figured it out. I do not know. It is simply—not pleased about it, particularly as a member of the gamers union.”

So whereas the aim is to get each group chartered flights sooner or later, there could also be some gamers who raised their eyebrows on the optics of the extremely heralded rookie receiving the primary constitution flight of the season.

Particularly when that rookie’s group has since gone on to lose all 5 video games it has performed this season.

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Regardless, there is no doubt that Clark has turn into a polarizing determine, with LeBron James and Charles Barkley feeling the necessity to publicly defend her just lately:

Thoughts the Recreation @mindthegamepod

Here is what @KingJames has to say about @CaitlinClark22 and the hate that she has obtained throughout her time within the WNBA.

Watch the total episode with @jj_redick: https://t.co/5hyyY2bIhe pic.twitter.com/db4Jvj7OFD

Advanced Sports activities @ComplexSports

Charles Barkley involves the protection of LeBron James and Caitlin Clark:

“LeBron you might be 100% proper on these ladies hating on Caitlin Clark. Y’all petty.”

(through: @NBAonTNT) pic.twitter.com/thprlOHbIC

Barkley’s feedback, specifically, drew a response from a number of present and former WNBA gamers:

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Dearica Marie Hamby @dearicamarie

Critically…. wtf are you speaking about…. https://t.co/6sYVnc1GRH

Jonquel Jones @jus242

to know who’re all the ladies which might be hating on CC? I am seeing plenty of protection about it however I do not see the hate? I am additionally not an enormous remark reader so I’d’ve missed it.

Chiney Ogwumike @chiney

Charles and Contained in the NBA group are the GOATs of the trade, so respectfully I will supply my perspective with love. ❤️

Each WNBA participant I do know helps this rookie class and are grateful for the highlight & cash that Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese and co. are bringing to the W! https://t.co/p9jQogjdVH

Chiney Ogwumike @chiney

Additionally, constitution flights had been truly first deployed final yr through the W post-season as a result of:

1. Security with rising variety of star gamers
2. Income developments are beginning to help it. W has shortly gone from $60M in 2019 to over $200M in 2023 on a billion greenback valuation.

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There’s additionally the historical past of Reese and Clark to think about. Reese’s LSU Tigers beat Clark’s Iowa Hawkeyes within the 2022-23 Girls’s Nationwide Championship Recreation, with Reese famously hitting the John Cena “face wash” celebration in entrance of Clark:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

ANGEL REESE TO CAITLIN CLARK 😳 pic.twitter.com/2NY0CEzwJ3

Clark had her payback this season, eliminating LSU within the Elite Eight after a legendary efficiency that noticed her rating 41 factors, 12 assists and 7 rebounds. She mentioned she wasn’t in search of retribution, nevertheless.

“This was no kind of revenge sport for us,” she told reporters. “I really feel like in the event you dwell prior to now an excessive amount of, it form of ruins the current. The most important factor for us was: ‘Fear about Iowa. What does Iowa have to do to win this sport?’ I assumed we did a extremely good job of that.”

Clark was at all times going to hit the WNBA with an excessive degree of scrutiny after changing into the all-time main scorer in school basketball historical past and bringing new ranges of consideration and hype to the ladies’s sport. Catching some strays comes with the territory.

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