Caitlin Clark
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Caitlin Clark is the best player in the history of women’s college basketball. The Indiana Fever No. 1 pick finished her college career having scored the most points in history (men’s and women’s combined).

She also finished with the most points in single-season history en route to leading the Iowa Hawkeyes to the National Championship Game in 2023-24.

Media personality and former men’s college basketball player Doug Gottlieb averaged a “healthy” 5.1 points per game during stops in college with Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.

So, what do these two have in common? We’re glad you asked. They are mired in some controversy on social media.

Gottlieb took to X (previously Twitter) recently to criticize Clark over her shooting technique. This is not a drill. This is not a joke. It’s a thing that actually happened.

Gottlieb even got offensive (something we could never say about him on the basketball court) after receiving some push back.

Heck, the media personality opted to push a Lonzo Ball narrative in comparing to Caitlin Clark. He indicated that Ball changed his technique after joining the Los Angeles Lakers from college ball.

Related: WNBA Legend Diana Taurasi Defends Warning Caitlin Clark About the Pros

Doug Gottlieb Blasted For Criticism Of Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark
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We’re not here to say that Clark is beyond reproach when it comes to criticism. She struggled with turnovers in Iowa’s loss to South Carolina in the national championship game.

Now set to make her WNBA debut within the matter of weeks, Clark will continue to face criticism. Such is the nature of the beast when it comes to being the face of a growing league.

But Gottlieb’s take on Clark’s shooting form isn’t what we expected. After all, she’s drawn comparisons to the single-best three-point shooter in the history of the game, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.

In today’s react-first world, those on social media were quick to go at Gottlieb. Some even wondered why he was mansplaining shooting to one of the best of all-time.

Yes, it’s true that Gottlieb got popped for stealing credit cards from teammates during his time with Notre Dame. No, we’re not sure how that’s relevant here.

Others were more direct.

https://twitter.com/JakeNess30/status/1785798098633007491

Sometimes, it is alright to leave a social media post in the draft folder. Just some food for thought, ladies and germs.

Related: Caitlin Clark Reveals What’s ‘Different’ About WNBA After First Practice With Indiana Fever

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