Caitlin Clark after being selected by the Indiana Fever in the WNBA Draft. Apr 15, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Caitlin Clark poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after she is selected with the number one overall pick to the Indiana Fever in the 2024 WNBA Draft at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The WNBA season hasn’t even started yet and there is already controversy concerning Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark.

Clark has already become one of the most popular players in the league but that hasn’t sat well with everyone. When they were promoting Clark’s debut against the Dallas Wings, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve had a message for the league and its fans.

“ALSO in action tonight – @minnesotalynx vs @chicagosky 7pm CST. Though fans won’t be able to watch, #Lynx fans can go to the Lynx app to follow along via play by play. Or if you are in market, come to the game…as we start the season off right #12teams #theWismorethanoneplayer,” the Team USA coach posted.

While the league and a lot of its fans have embraced Clark, she still faces a lot of backlash from people not happy with the way she has been centered ahead of many veterans.

Of course, Clark is also attracting a ton of eyeballs to the league and sport, so it’s a big trade-off. But it’s understandable why a lot of people who have been laying the groundwork in the WNBA are annoyed to not be the ones at the middle of all this attention.

Clark is indeed going to be the face of the WNBA, at least for a while. Now it’s on the coaches and other players around the league to remind everyone why they should get more attention, too.

{Cheryl Reeve}

About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.