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Michael Wilbon defends Caitlin Clark’s Olympics snub, calls out Stephen A. Smith

She is not disappointed and will use it as motivation to improve
Caitlin Clark. Photo via Sports Skeeda
Caitlin Clark. Photo via Sports Skeeda

ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon has sparked controversy by defending the decision to leave Caitlin Clark off the US Olympic women’s basketball team. He also criticized his colleague Stephen A. Smith for suggesting Clark deserved a spot based on her marketability.

Wilbon argues that the primary goal of Olympic selection should be winning, not promoting the sport. He believes Clark, despite her talent and popularity, is not among the top 20-25 American players who deserve to be on the team.

The 12-person Team USA roster consists of established WNBA veterans, including Breanna Stewart, Diana Taurasi, and Sue Bird. Wilbon believes these players have earned their spots through years of experience and success.

Clark, in her first WNBA season, is averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. While impressive, Wilbon argues that she needs more time to develop before earning a spot on the Olympic team.

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Clark herself has responded calmly to the snub, stating that she is not disappointed and will use it as motivation to improve. She has also expressed her support for the chosen team and wished them luck in the Olympics.

Wilbon’s stance has sparked debate, with some supporting his focus on winning while others believe Clark’s potential and marketability should be considered. The discussion highlights the complex factors involved in selecting Olympic teams, balancing talent, experience, and marketability.

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