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Caitlin Clark arduous foul was ‘welcome to the league’ second, NBA commissioner says

Adam Silver was requested in regards to the Caitlin Clark foul in his pre-NBA Finals press convention on Thursday earlier than the Boston Celtics hosted the Dallas Mavericks in Sport 1.

Clark was hip-checked by Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter on Saturday, which set off a firestorm all through the week in regards to the remedy of the Indiana Fever rookie. 

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Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) is guarded by Chicago Sky guard Chennedy Carter on June 1, 2024, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. (Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

Silver stated he didn’t wish to get into the nitty-gritty in regards to the name, leaving that to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

“As a fan, clearly, it’s nothing new in basketball that there’s type of ‘welcome to the league’ moments, particularly for heralded rookies,” Silver stated, per Forbes Sports activities. “However after all, I wish to see Caitlin handled pretty and appropriately within the league.”

“It looks like she may handle herself. She’s a tricky participant. I feel it is perhaps misplaced on some people who find themselves new to basketball by way of the controversy within the WNBA what an unbelievable expertise she is: two Closing Fours, main scorer within the historical past of school basketball. I stay up for watching her ongoing growth within the league.”

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Adam Silver talks to reporters

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a press convention previous to Sport 1 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics at TD Backyard in Boston on June 6, 2024. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Pictures)

“I feel, in the end, that is very wholesome for girls’s basketball and the WNBA. It’s generated great extra curiosity. In equity to the opposite gamers and in equity to Commissioner Engelbert, it didn’t simply begin this 12 months. Definitely, we’re seeing an acceleration of it with Caitlin however many particular person stars who got here on this league within the final a number of years …”

Silver added that rivalries amongst golf equipment and gamers are “in the end, good for the game.”

“On the similar time, there’s additionally some bigger societal points at work, little doubt. I don’t wish to cover from that. Some having to do with race, they usually’re very obvious. I feel, although, sports activities, traditionally, has been a platform for individuals to immediately discuss these points. I don’t assume we should always cover from them. I feel the gamers are blissful to have interaction on these points.”

Caitlin Clark looks on

Caitlin Clark (Catalina Fragoso/NBAE through Getty Pictures)

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Carter’s foul was upgraded to a flagrant-1. Clark was OK however struggled in her sport Sunday towards the New York Liberty.

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