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Fox Sports 1’s Joy Taylor offered remarkable commentary suggesting nobody would even know who Caitlin Clark was if not for Angel Reese.

The absurd suggestion came during a recent appearance by Taylor on FS1’s Speak For Yourself.

“We were not talking about Caitlin Clark before Angel Reese walked up to her, did this [waves hand in front of her face], and pointed to the ring,” Taylor said.

“This is not my opinion. I lived it. I watched it. It was recorded, it was broadcasted live. We were not talking about Caitlin Clark before that moment.”

Reese famously taunted Clark during the 2023 National Championship game with a ‘you can’t see me’ gesture while also pointing to her ring finger. As in, ‘Hey Caitlin, you’re not getting a championship ring.’

The classless gesture surely raised the temperature on the rivalry between the Chicago Sky forward and the Indiana Fever guard.

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Angel Reese Made Caitlin Clark?

Joy Taylor’s comments aren’t even vaguely grounded in reality. In the game prior to the 2023 LSU-Iowa final with Angel Reese, Caitlin Clark lit up the tournament with a 41-point performance ending South Carolina’s undefeated season in the Final Four.

Suffice it to say, she had quite a bit of buzz. And a strong, rich history of buzz well before even that point.

Here is Clark being referred to as “the most exciting player in college basketball” in 2021 as a freshman.

ESPN that same year described her as a “top-tier scorer.” Network star Stephen A. Smith was interviewing Caitlin in 2022 and calling her the “female version of Steph Curry.”

She was quite clearly on everybody’s radar long before Reese came along and taunted her on the court.

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Reese Thinks She’s Just As Big A Star

Taylor is not a serious person. But then, neither is Angel Reese who elevated her own self-worth to the same level as Caitlin Clark.

In fact, these were the comments Taylor was responding to with her take. Reese told the media they need to start portraying her as being on the same level.

“I know I’ll go down in history. I’ll look back in 20 years and be like: ‘Yeah, the reason why we’re watching women’s basketball isn’t just because of one person. It’s because of me, too,’” Reese said.

“And I want you to realize that.”

Taylor complied. Reality did not.

With the exception of rebounding, Caitlin Clark is torching Angel Reese across the stat board. A similar story can be told in regard to TV viewership and ticket sales in the WNBA. All eyes are on Clark, not Reese.

If anybody made anybody, it seems, Clark may have elevated Reese’s popularity.

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