2024 Summer Olympics

#6      

NEIlliniFan

No longer in New England
I disagree.

The Olympic Committee places high value on team integration and familiarity, due to the short turnaround time to the Olympics. CC is not only inexperienced at this level (not insurmountable) but wasn't able to participate in recent lead up games due to being in the FF (not a 'fault' but is a fact preventing her from playing and familiarizing herself with others).

The Committee has publicly stated there was a great deal of concern re dealing with fan reaction to both leaving CC off the team  and having her on the bench with limited playing time if on the team (because that's the reality of what her role would have been).
 
#7      

blackdog

Champaign
I disagree.

The Olympic Committee places high value on team integration and familiarity, due to the short turnaround time to the Olympics. CC is not only inexperienced at this level (not insurmountable) but wasn't able to participate in recent lead up games due to being in the FF (not a 'fault' but is a fact preventing her from playing and familiarizing herself with others).

The Committee has publicly stated there was a great deal of concern re dealing with fan reaction to both leaving CC off the team  and having her on the bench with limited playing time if on the team (because that's the reality of what her role would have been).

So they left off a talented player because they were worried about fan reaction if she didn't play. That's dumb. I can understand if they didn't think she was ready to play on that level yet as a rookie but that's not what the reasoning was. If she is good enough to be on the bench and gain experience then let her do that. Why are they worried about the fans? The problem is that it seems a lot of the other women are jealous of the attention and money that she has been bringing in.
 
#9      
She is ready. She absolutely deserves to be on this Olympic team. There is precedent for having star rookies on the Senior Olympic team. You can also argue none of the current Olympic roster has ever played on a bigger stage than Caitlin Clark. This is a mistake of epic proportions not only financially for any and everyone involved but a mistake that will effect women's sports forever.
 
#11      
Can anyone tell me why Illini Rose Yeboah, in her first year in college and headed to the Olympics, is a "redshirt junior"?
 
#13      
The various governing bodies in charge of women's hoops could use some marketing assistance. CC is a once in a lifetime opportunity for WBB, and the WNBA and others are bound and determined to completely throw it away.

The problem is that it seems a lot of the other women are jealous of the attention and money that she has been bringing in.
#1 plus #2 = piss poor thinking all around.

WNBA =
Big Cats GIF by NETFLIX
, as if they were not a vortex of financial suck already.
 
#15      
She isnt ready & didnt deserve to go over the other players named. Remember the Olympics when LeBron & Carmelo went but didnt get off the bench & the havoc that created. She will have her time, its just not now.
With all due respect, what did Brittany Griner do this year to deserve to be on the team?

That team is going to win gold, by a ton, with our without CC.

This was an opportunity, on a world stage, to put that whole roster on a platform because of her. Quite frankly, Reese should have been on it too. You don't put a 40 year old player on the roster and you don't put a person on the roster who hasn't played this year and completely cut out the only hope for that league.

It was a silly move solely based on veteran jealousy.
 
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#16      
Zero sum mentality at work. If they would embrace CC the pie would be much larger and everyone would benefit. I wouldn't blame her for going overseas to play
The WNBA/Olympic Selection team is going to screw this up. CC is being iced out because of players that feel they're owed something despite the league losing between 10-15 million dollars year in and year out. The NBA has to consistently cover that gap to keep it solvent.

They have a player giving the game attention that they've been complaining about for years and one that's going to get the league close to, at very least, break even and they remove her from world television.

Their stupidity makes me hope that she goes over seas and that those players end up sitting in coach again.
 
#17      
No idea if they've even qualified, but Caitlin Clark is of Italian descent and sometimes qualification requirements can be pretty expansive.

ETA: Italy finished ninth in the Euro qualifiers and will not be in Paris. Oh well.
 
#19      

Fan Since '70

OBS, Florida
I disagree.

The Olympic Committee places high value on team integration and familiarity, due to the short turnaround time to the Olympics. CC is not only inexperienced at this level (not insurmountable) but wasn't able to participate in recent lead up games due to being in the FF (not a 'fault' but is a fact preventing her from playing and familiarizing herself with others).

The Committee has publicly stated there was a great deal of concern re dealing with fan reaction to both leaving CC off the team  and having her on the bench with limited playing time if on the team (because that's the reality of what her role would have been).
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/bypassing-caitlin-clark-olympics-team-223148467.html
Bypassing Caitlin Clark for Olympics was right for Team USA. And for Clark, too.
It should be the best players who go and — hard as it might be for her fans to hear this,
but Clark is not one of the 12 best U.S. players right now. Talent pool in front of her is deep.


They say Clark is not as ready as others, nor is Clark a complete player, and I agree. Her defensive game needs work and Caitlyn leads WNBA in turnovers.
 
#20      

lstewart53x3

Scottsdale, Arizona
Short-sided thinking. Add Caitlin Clark to the team and ppl would actually watch building the next generation of WNBA talent.
 
#22      
Short-sided thinking. Add Caitlin Clark to the team and ppl would actually watch building the next generation of WNBA talent.
Exactly, this isn't a WNBA all-star game we are talking about, for which she'll be picked. This is an event that ONLY takes place every 4 years. And the amount of worldwide attention tuning in would be much higher, and therefore bring more fans, if CC were on the team. You can argue against her stats all you want, but you cannot argue against the huge benefit CC brings promoting womens basketball on a Global scale.....
 
#24      

Fan Since '70

OBS, Florida
Seems USA Olympic committee and I see team selection different than some of you. The committee thinks winning the Olympics is the primary objective and goal and that they chose the best 12, most experienced and most complete players to bring home the Gold and I concur. Promoting women's basketball and making selections based on maximizing publicity value and viewership, were not primary objectives. I also would rather see the team win than see Clark jack up logo 3's. This is the Olympics not a 3-ring circus (or even about WNBA survival) and thus promotion should take a backseat to fielding the best team and winning gold.
 
#25      

ptgrd23

orange county CA
USA will win in Paris with or without Clark. However most people don't care that USA has won every WBB gold since it came into existence.

WNBA has been on life support for past 10 years. Clark has double attendance and TV ratings. Somebody might actually watch the WBB if Clark was playing. Clark is only reason WNBA is finally going from commercial to charter. The hate from current WNBA players toward Clark is simply stupid. She is their meal ticket.

Can you image if Caitlin left the WNBA to play in Europe or join Harlem Globetrotters. When I heard that she was left off Olympic team I thought it would be hilarious if she could play for Ireland or England.
 
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