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Magic Johnson Sees Himself and Larry Chook in Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese

It is quickly becoming clear that the on-court rivalry between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese is not something that will get lost in their transition to the WNBA. The latest example came on Sunday evening, when Reese’s Chicago Sky beat Clark’s Indiana Fever in a tight contest that came down to the wire. Both young

Magic Johnson Sees Himself and Larry Chook in Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese

It’s shortly changing into clear that the on-court rivalry between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese just isn’t one thing that will get lost in their transition to the WNBA. The newest instance came on Sunday evening, when Reese’s Chicago Sky beat Clark’s Indiana Fever in a decent contest that got here right down to the wire. Each younger superstars shone; Reese recorded 25 factors and 16 rebounds, whereas Clark posted 17 points and 13 assists.

To 1 NBA legend, their battle was paying homage to one other younger set of gamers who dueled in school and the professionals.

On Monday night time, Magic Johnson noticed from his X (previously Twitter) account that Reese and Clark’s rivalry is just like the one between him and Larry Chook that breathed new life into the NBA within the late Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties.

“Larry and I heightened the NBA’s total recognition,” Johnson wrote. “The Lakers and Celtics bought out arenas all through the league and elevated tv viewership exponentially. The upper viewership numbers led to the NBA signing considerably bigger TV contracts which then led to greater salaries for the gamers. Caitlin and Angel at the moment are doing the identical factor, promoting out arenas and growing the viewership. They’ve taken girls’s basketball by storm and with expiring TV offers on the horizon, the WNBA is now able to barter greater TV contracts and improve salaries for the entire gifted gamers.”

Larry and I heightened the NBA’s total recognition. The Lakers and Celtics bought out arenas all through the league and elevated tv viewership exponentially. The upper viewership numbers led to the NBA signing considerably bigger TV contracts which then led to greater…

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 24, 2024

It is arduous to say it is off-base, both. Whereas solely the approaching years will inform us if Clark and Reese can launch the WNBA into a brand new stratosphere the identical manner Magic and Chook did, the early results are related.

There’s a surge of curiosity in each tangible and intangible methods. The discourse has by no means been extra fixed and followers are spending cash to see video games and purchase merchandise. Viewership data are being damaged usually. And it is all occurring at a far sooner tempo than anybody might have imagined largely due to the fireworks Clark and Reese have dropped at the sport.

As Johnson factors out, there will likely be a trickle-down impact if the upward trajectory continues. Extra curiosity means more cash for everyone, not simply Clark and Reese.

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It is a lofty comparability for Johnson to make. However the similarities are clear as day, and everyone will likely be higher off if Reese and Clark may even come near matching the legacy of Magic and Chook.

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