LeBron James Defends Caitlin Clark Amidst NCAA Championship Criticism

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James

LeBron James came to the defense of Caitlin Clark as her Iowa team faced off against South Carolina in the NCAA championship game. 

James took to X to express his support for Clark, stating, "If you don’t rock with Caitlin Clark game you’re just a FLAT OUT HATER!!!!! Stay far away from them people!! PLEASE." 

This came amidst criticism from various current and former players regarding Clark's legacy leading up to the game. One point of contention was Clark breaking Lynette Woodard’s record for career points in major women’s college basketball.

Photo: Instagram/Caitlin Clark

Woodard, a player from the late 70s and early 80s, raised doubts about Clark's achievement due to differences in eras, particularly before the introduction of three-point shots. Despite this, Woodard also praised Clark's talent, expressing a desire to meet her.

Diana Taurasi, a former player, voiced concerns about Clark's transition to the professional ranks, despite her anticipated No 1 overall pick status in the upcoming WNBA draft. Taurasi highlighted the challenges of playing against experienced professionals.

Sheryl Swoopes, a basketball hall of famer, apologized to Clark after mistakenly referencing her college career duration when discussing her records. Swoopes acknowledged her error and clarified Clark's achievements.

Breanna Stewart, a two-time WNBA champion, suggested that Clark needed to win a national title to solidify her status as the greatest college player in history, emphasizing the importance of team success in college basketball.

Despite the criticisms, Clark showcased her talent during Iowa’s loss to South Carolina, scoring 30 points. South Carolina's coach, Dawn Staley, who secured her third national title, commended Clark for her contribution to the sport, calling her one of the greatest of all time and expressing gratitude for her impact on women's basketball.

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Source: The Guardian 


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