Becky Hammon of the Aces responds to claims of WNBA players disliking Caitlin Clark, urging people to stop spreading false narratives

Earlier this week, the conversation around WNBA’s No. 1 overall pick, Caitlin Clark, and her influence on the league reached a higher level as LeBron James and Charles Barkley expressed their thoughts.

During an episode of his podcast with JJ Redick, James offered Clark advice on how to handle the spotlight and commended her for raising the WNBA’s status. He emphasized, “Let’s not misunderstand or underestimate this: Caitlin Clark is the driving force behind the incredible opportunities that lie ahead for the WNBA.”

During an episode of Inside the NBA, Barkley expressed his agreement with James, stating that he was “100% right.” Furthermore, Barkley added to his comments by offering some direct criticism.

According to Barkley, women should not be petty and should be grateful to the girl for getting them private charters. He believes that women should acknowledge the money and visibility that the girl is bringing to the WNBA. Barkley encourages everyone to appreciate her accomplishments and give her the recognition she deserves.

Barkley’s remarks have certainly resonated with players across the league, sparking a wave of responses on social media. However, one of the most notable reactions came from Becky Hammon, the head coach of the Las Vegas Aces. Prior to her team’s game against the Indiana Fever, Hammon addressed Barkley’s comments directly on Friday.

“We have a great admiration for Caitlin Clark,” expressed Hammon with enthusiasm. “She is truly remarkable, and I make it a point to watch her every chance I get. Our league holds her in high regard, and it’s our duty to perform our best. Regardless of the opposing team, we remain focused on our own game and give it our all.”

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Let’s put an end to this narrative of everyone hating on Caitlin Clark, including any claims about race. It’s simply not true. So let’s disregard all the noise and remember that she is just a 22-year-old woman facing immense pressure. She’s not perfect, and she’s still new to this league. Let’s give her some space and support.

A’ja Wilson, the talented star of the Aces, expressed her exhaustion and empathy for Clark, stating that she can only imagine how he must feel.

In her first five games, Clark has been averaging 17.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists. However, her shooting percentage from the field is only at 40.3% and she is also turning the ball over 5.8 times per game. Despite her individual performance, the Fever have yet to secure a win and are currently in last place. They will have an opportunity to turn things around on Friday as they face the Los Angeles Sparks in a back-to-back game series.

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