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Did Caitlin Clark Diss Her WNBA Coach? Fans React After She Thanks 'Best Leader' and It Isn't Christie Sides

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Editor’s Note: Our readers responded strongly to this story when it originally ran; we’re reposting it here in case you missed it.

WNBA rookie sensation Caitlin Clark has won her second consecutive Honda Cup award for being the top female college athlete of the year.

In announcing the honor June 24, the Honda Cup noted the former Iowa Hawkeye “holds the NCAA record for most points in a single season and is the only player in NCAA Division I men’s or women’s basketball history to lead her conference in both scoring and assists for four consecutive seasons.”

In a video interview with CBS Sports accepting the award, Clark displayed the gracious demeanor that has won her legions of fans.

“Caitlin, earlier in the show, we spoke with your former college coach, Lisa Bluder, about the chemistry on that Hawkeyes team in the face of the spotlight,” the host said. “How important was that sisterhood?”

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The Indiana Fever guard smiled at the mention of the coach and mentor who had recruited and nurtured her during her spectacular four-year college career in Iowa City.

“Yeah, I think that’s the reason we were as good as we were,” Clark said. “Like, we weren’t always the most talented group. We had great players, but it was because of that bond that we shared with one another.

“And, obviously, Coach Bluder, in my eyes, she’s the best leader I’ve ever been around in my life. She knows how to build a team. She knows how to get individuals to work together.”

“Those girls were my best friends, and we went through some amazing highs in making back-to-back national championship appearances,” Clark added.

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“But also, like, there were a lot of lows, too,” she said. “And I think that’s what allowed us to be so great in the moments that really mattered the most.”

The NCAA scoring champ concluded, “My time at Iowa was truly tremendous …. [I ] just was lucky to be a part of such a great culture at Iowa.”

In response, some on social media stirred the pot by suggesting Clark was taking a dig at Fever coach Christie Sides with her effusive praise of Bluder’s unparalleled leadership.

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“Sneaking dissing Sides,” one X user wrote.

However, many Clark fans shut down the snarky comments.

“Is that all you people have in your lives… looking 4 a sliver of anything you can find to be critical of her?” one person wrote. “She shared how she feels about her time at Iowa.

“Absolutely nothing wrong with what she said. She’s been with the Fever for 3 months, Iowa 4 years. Think about it.”

Clark was echoing praise she had heaped on her former college coach after Bluder announced her retirement last month.

“Simply no one better at building a team,” the basketball phenom wrote on X in May.

“Thank you for believing in me more than anyone 🤍 Enjoy retirement, coach. Very much deserved,” Clark added.


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