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Video: Caitlin Clark Defended by WNBA’s A’ja Wilson, Becky Hammon amid Criticism

zach bachar Contributor I May 24, 2024 Steph Chambers/Getty Images Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson and head coach Becky Hammon came to the defense of Caitlin Clark on Friday. “We love Caitlin Clark,” Hammon said about the Indiana Fever rookie. “I think she’s amazing. I watched every time I possibly could. And our league

Video: Caitlin Clark Defended by WNBA’s A’ja Wilson, Becky Hammon amid Criticism

zach bacharContributor IMight 24, 2024

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 22: Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever dribbles against the Seattle Storm at Climate Pledge Arena on May 22, 2024 in Seattle, Washington. 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. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson and head coach Becky Hammon got here to the protection of Caitlin Clark on Friday.

“We love Caitlin Clark,” Hammon stated in regards to the Indiana Fever rookie. “I feel she’s wonderful. I watched each time I probably may. And our league loves her.”

“She’s a 22-year-old girl with quite a lot of strain,” she added. “She’s not good. She’s a rookie on this league. Again off.”

Alex Eschelman @alexeschelman

“Let’s be very clear, we love Caitlin Clark…I feel this narrative of everyone hating on her…knock it off it is not there.”

Great things right here by @LVAces Head Coach @BeckyHammon and @_ajawilson22 on the nationwide dialog surrounding the @WNBA star rookie. @KTNV

Wilson, a former No. 1 general choose within the 2018 WNBA draft, echoed the same sentiment.

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“She’s studying and rising identical to everybody else,” Wilson stated. “I really feel like folks do not give her an opportunity. It is simply development. We inform our rookies each single day, that is new. You are coming into an entire new world and beginning over.”

After an amazing collegiate profession at Iowa resulted in consecutive NCAA event title sport appearances, Clark hasn’t skilled the same stage of success within the WNBA simply but. Her particular person manufacturing has been spectacular, averaging 17.8 factors and 5.8 assists per sport.

Whereas Clark’s effectivity has fluctuated to start her profession, she seems to be discovering a scoring rhythm as of late. Over her previous three video games, she’s taking pictures 45.5 p.c from the sphere and 36.0 p.c from three-point vary.

Nevertheless, the Fever have not been in a position to safe a win and presently sit on the backside of the Jap Convention standings with a report of 0-5. The dearth of success has led to some criticism of Clark, with some followers questioning if the hype surrounding her out of faculty was an excessive amount of.

Wilson and Hammon are aware of performing underneath strain, as the 2 are trying to assist the Aces earn a 3rd consecutive championship. They do not seem to have any doubts about Clark’s brilliant future within the WNBA.

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