Paul Pierce Says He Didn’t Expect “White Girl” Caitlin Clark To Be Able To Compete With “A Bunch Of Black Girls”

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Caitlin Clark can play with – and beat – the best of them.

Of course everybody should already know that. The projected #1 lottery pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft has had a record-breaking career with the Iowa Hawkeyes, setting the all-time scoring record in college basketball (either men’s or women’s), as well as breaking the records for the most 3-pointers in a season and all-time 3-pointers in women’s basketball.

She’s the real deal. (Understatement of the century, I know).

Last night, Clark and her Iowa Hawkeyes knocked off the defending-champion LSU Tigers on the back of a 40-point performance from their superstar.

And that performance surprised even Hall of Famer Paul Pierce.

The former NBA player and analyst on Undisputed with Skip Bayless on FS1 spoke about Caitlin knocking off Angel Reese and LSU – and he was surprised that a white girl could compete with a majority-black team like the Tigers:

“We saw a white girl in Iowa do it to a bunch of black girls…

That gained my respect. That’s like, ‘Oh, she didn’t do this to some other little white girls that was over here in Colorado, wherever.’

She did it to some girls from LSU, who we thought was some dogs, defending champs, and put ’em on her knee and spanked them.

I didn’t expect that.”

Of course Pierce might have been the only one in the country who didn’t expect that. Even in last year’s national championship loss to LSU, Clark managed to score 30 points against the Tigers.

Regardless of race, Caitlin Clark has made it clear she can compete with – and beat – anybody in the country.

And she’s sure made women’s basketball fun to watch lately.

Kim Mulkey To Caitlin Clark: “I’m Glad You’re Leaving”

While Kim Mulkey is a polarizing figure in women’s basketball, at least she can acknowledge the talent that is Iowa’s Caitlin Clark.

Last night’s NCAA women’s Elite Eight matchup was well worth the hype as Iowa stomped on LSU, getting their ticket to the final four after losing to LSU in last year’s National Championship match-up. The Iowa Hawkeyes came for blood this time around, especially Caitlin Clark, who was draining DEEP threes from all over the court.

Clark has been a powerhouse throughout the entire tournament this year, but last night, she really solidified that she is the most electric player in all of college basketball by scoring an astonishing 41 points. It was so bad that at one point, LSU’s Hailey Van Lith just raised her hands as a white flag, knowing that Clark was going to continue to score three after three.

LSU might have put some bad juju in the arena last night, though, when Angel Reese put a crown on her bench as a warning sign to Clark as to who the ‘queen’ of basketball is.

Sorry Angel, this year it’s not you this year… and even your coach knows that.

At the press conference after the game, a reporter asked Mulkey about the exchange she had with Clark in the handshake line. (Mulkey appeared to nearly break Clark’s neck in the process, grabbing her to say something to her.)

So what did she tell her?

“I sure am glad you’re leaving. Girl, you something else. Never seen anything like it.”

In the press conference, Mulkey expanded on what a talented player she thinks Clark is, and it’s refreshing to hear her speak so highly of the “generational player” Clark is.

“Somebody’s gotta guard her. Nobody seems to be able to guard her, we didn’t even guard her last year when we beat them. She’s just a generational player, and she just makes everybody around her better. That’s what the great ones do…

Caitlin Clark’s not going to beat you by herself. It’s what she does to help make those other teammates better that helps her score points, that helps them score points to beat you.”

Clark is the crown jewel of this year’s tournament. I can’t wait to see her in action against UCONN on Friday.

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