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Breanna Stewart: Caitlin Clark’s ‘Time Is Going to Come’ After Team USA Olympic Snub

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The debate over whether Caitlin Clark should have been selected to the United States women’s national basketball team for this summer’s Olympics has reached a near fever pitch, with logical arguments on both sides.

But there is one thing most people agree on—eventually, Clark will be representing the United States on the Olympic stage. Add Breanna Stewart to that list.

“Caitlin is a great player, and I think the way she’s come into this league, she’s continuing to hold her own and show everyone what she can do,” the New York Liberty star said on Tuesday’s NBA Today (4:55 mark). “I’m excited to go [to Paris] alongside these 12, but I know that Caitlin’s going to have a bright future with USA Basketball. And the point that she’s made—she’s even more motivated, more hungry—just knowing that her time is going to come.”

The argument for including Clark is that—alongside being one of the most talented young stars in basketball—she’s brought a whole new level of excitement and attention to the women’s game, and her inclusion on Team USA would have only added to that surging wave of popularity.

The counterargument is that Team USA selection isn’t—or shouldn’t be—a popularity contest, and that the team’s roster is already loaded with 12 deserving and proven WNBA superstars. That was the justification given by USA basketball for Clark’s snub.

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Selection committee chair Jen Rizzotti explains why Caitlin Clark didn’t make the Team USA roster.
“It wasn’t the purview of our committee to decide how many people would watch or how many people would root for the U.S.”

Wherever you fall in the debate, we all likely agree on the inevitability of Clark wearing the Team USA jersey at some point in the future.

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