June 14, 2024

Caitlin Clark reveals ‘sad’ reality of whirlwind start to WNBA career

At one point during her answer, there was a chuckle that broke out, but Caitlin Clark, holding the microphone following her first WNBA win with the Indiana Fever, immediately said, “No, I’m being dead serious.”

Her last two months, she said, have “definitely been a whirlwind,” with a run to the national championship game with Iowa — where arenas were packed all year as the buzz surrounding Clark shifted from city to city — followed by a transition to the WNBA as the No. 1 overall pick and an 0-5 start that showed there’d still be an adjustment.

And while she “wouldn’t change it for the world,” that doesn’t mean it has been an easy stretch for Clark, who contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds — as well as a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter — to help the Fever defeat the Los Angeles Sparks, 78-73, on Friday.

“Honestly, I feel like I talk to the media more than I get to talk to my own family … which is really kind of sad, in a way,” Clark said, while noting that her statement wasn’t an exaggeration. “It’s a lot for somebody that’s 22 years old. It can be tough at times.”

Clark, whose answer followed a question about Mental Health Awareness Month, has been the subject of plenty of conversations since the WNBA season began, with many floating their opinion on her transition to playing professionally and the scope of her role in the league’s exponential growth.

Earlier this week, after the Chicago Sky defeated the Liberty, Angel Reese appeared to reference, in a since-deleted post on X, that the growth of the league can be attributed to more than Clark — and “not just cause of one player on our charter flight,” Reese wrote at the time.

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