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Caitlin Clark told her Indiana Fever coach Christie Sides that a recent snub by the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team was only going to drive her to achieve greater heights.

As previously reported at Bounding Into Sports, Clark was reportedly left off the roster due to veteran players’ concerns that her fans would create controversy if she received very little playing time on the “stacked” team.

“She got the call on the bus and she texted me to let me know and I just tried to keep her spirits up,” Sides revealed to reporters on Sunday.

“The thing she said was, ‘Hey coach, they woke a monster,’ which I thought was awesome.”

On Friday, Clark lit up the Capital One Arena with a 30-point, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steal performance. She lifted her team over the Washington Mystics, 85-83.

Can you imagine what it’ll be like once the monster is unleashed?

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Caitlin Clark: Olympics Snub Woke A Monster

Caitlin Clark also made separate comments to the media over the Olympics diss. She essentially confirmed that there was a level of disappointment. However, it would only motivate her to work harder to make the next Summer games.

“Honestly, no disappointment. It just gives me something to work for; it’s a dream. Hopefully one day I can be there. I think it’s just a little more motivation,” she said. “You remember that.”

She definitely took the high road with her response.

“I’m excited for the girls that are on the team,” Clark said. “I know it’s the most competitive team in the world and I know it could have gone either way.”

“I’m going to be rooting them on to win gold.”

ESPN reports that Diana Taurasi will compete in her sixth Olympics at age 42, and will be joined by Phoenix Mercury teammate Brittney Griner.

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Her Fans Are Still Not Going To Be Pleased

It’s going to be awfully hard for Team USA to course correct after leaving Caitlin Clark off the Olympics team. They didn’t just do so because of a desire to create the best roster. But literally, because they didn’t want to hear her fans complain.

Sources close to USA Basketball told reporter Christine Brennan that “concern over how Clark’s millions of fans would react to what would likely be limited playing time on a stacked roster was a factor in the decision” to keep her off the team.

Literally, they were worried her fans would be ticked off about her getting 5 minutes per game, so they responded by giving her 0 minutes per game.

Sides also found the silver lining, however, noting that there will be plenty of other Olympic appearances in Caitlin Clark’s future.

“She’s young, she’s going to have so many opportunities in the future,” Sides predicted.

Maybe. But she should have had the opportunity in Paris as well. Now her fans and the rest of the world that has become blasé about women’s international basketball play will continue to not pay attention.

What a way to get young girls interested in your game across the globe, making sure the number one star on the planet is watching from home.

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