LeBron James ‘rooting’ for Caitlin Clark: ‘I’ve been in that seat before. I’ve walked that road before.’

LeBron James ‘rooting’ for Caitlin Clark: ‘I’ve been in that seat before. I’ve walked that road before.’

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LeBron James ‘rooting’ for Caitlin Clark: ‘I’ve been in that seat before. I’ve walked that road before.’

Clark and the Fever have struggled early on as she adjusts to the WNBA.

Sean Leahy

Contributing writer

Wed, May 22, 2024, 5:10 PM GMT+1·4 min read

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Caitlin Clark leads the Indiana Fever in scoring, but the team is off to a tough 0-4 start. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Caitlin Clark has learned that success in the WNBA won’t come quickly after a decorated collegiate career at Iowa.

The Indiana Fever are tied for last in the league at 0-4, while Clark is leading her team in minutes (31 per game), points (17 pg), assists (5.5 pg) and turnovers (6.5 pg).

Clark’s celebrated entrance into the league was not embraced by some of the game’s veteran players. Three-time WNBA champion and MVP Diana Taurasi said in April that “reality” is coming — not just for Clark, but also incoming rookies.

That’s life as a rookie in any sport. Most players Clark played against at Iowa won’t go on to be professionals. There was always going to be an adjustment period going from a team that reached consecutive national title games to one that had won only 30 out of its last 130 games entering the 2024 season.

My advice to Caitlin, and my advice to anyone that comes in with this level of notoriety, out-of-this-world expectation, whatever the case may be, be a horse, man,” James said. “The Kentucky Derby. Put your blinders on, go to work, show up to work, punch your clock in, prepare yourself, work on your game, work on your craft.

“Kind of keep your mouth shut and just learn from the vets. When they ask, voice your opinion if they want your opinion early on because everybody is looking for you to say anything and they’re gonna splice it and cut it and make it a negative thing.

“The one thing I love that she’s bringing to her sport: More people want to watch. More people want to tune in. … Don’t get it twisted, don’t get it f**ked up. Caitlin Clark is the reason why a lot of great things is gonna happen for the WNBA. … I’m rooting for Caitlin because I’ve been in that seat before. I’ve walked that road before. I hope she kills.”

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