LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, has emerged as a vocal supporter of Indiana Fever rookie Caitlin Clark amidst criticism surrounding her recent performance. In a recent podcast appearance, James highlighted Clark’s positive impact on the WNBA and urged her to remain focused on her development.

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James praised Clark for attracting a wider audience to the WNBA, stating, “The one thing that I love that she’s bringing to her sport: More people want to watch.” He emphasized her role in propelling the league forward, declaring, “Don’t get it twisted. Don’t get it f**d up. Caitlin Clark is the reason why a lot of great things are going to happen for the WNBA.”

James advised Clark to ignore the negativity, saying, “I don’t think she should get involved with anything being said. Just go, have fun, enjoy.” He expressed his personal support, stating, “I’m rooting for Caitlin because I’ve been in that seat before. I’ve walked that road before.”

James drew a parallel between Clark’s experience and that of his own son, Bronny James, a highly-touted basketball prospect. James lamented the unwarranted criticism young athletes face, stating, “I’m in that mode because I’m getting the same thing from watching my son, who’s a 19 year old getting a lot of animosity and hatred towards him when he’s just a kid trying to live out his dream.”

He emphasized the unique privilege of playing professional sports, stating, “There’s a very small number of men and women that get to live out their dream of playing a professional sport. And we have grown ass men and women out here doing whatever they can to try to make sure that doesn’t happen. That is the weirdest thing in the world.”

James concluded by commending Clark’s resilience, saying, “I’m glad Caitlin has a great head on her shoulder.”

James’ intervention highlights the pressure faced by young athletes and the importance of fostering a supportive environment. Clark’s talent and marketability are undeniable, and James’ endorsement serves as a significant boost to her career and the WNBA’s growth.