A lot of vitriol has been hurled towards Caitlin Clark since she entered the WNBA. Whether some of them stem from her playing time with the Indiana Fever or the impact she brought all the way from the Iowa Hawkeyes, there is always something to be said. Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon once made a statement that used the phrase “black and white stuff” regarding the discourse around the rookie sensation. Some fans misconstrued what she said and had to clarify it.

Aces head honcho explains

Oct 8, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon speaks to her players on the court during the first half in game one of the 2023 WNBA Finals against the New York Liberty at Michelob Ultra Arena. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports
Becky Hammon has no malevolent intentions towards Caitlin Clark. She had to clear the air about what her statement meant, via Callie Lawson-Freeman of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Well, I think it’s construed as some of our minority black and brown women are hating on her because she’s white. That is not the case. Let's take Caitlin out of the picture. It's not about Caitlin, give her flowers. She has done stuff that no man or woman, black or white has ever done in college basketball. Give that woman her flowers. What it does is that it has highlighted how black and brown greatness has not been celebrated or valued as much. That's what I was talking about,” the Aces head coach declared.

Becky Hammon and her Aces are going up against Caitlin Clark for the first time in this WNBA season. So far, the former star out of Iowa has been holding her own against the dynastic defense. In 13 minutes of action for the Fever, she has managed to notch five points alongside three assists and three rebounds.

The Aces can still definitely make a run to deliver the Fever's sixth loss of the season. After all, A'ja Wilson, Jackie Young, and Kelsey Plum can light it. That can happen even if Caitlin Clark tries to outgun them.

What did the Aces' head honcho say?

Becky Hammon already said it from the start. She along with the Aces love Caitlin Clark. However, she just does not agree with how former stars have been set aside and not as recognized as the star out of the Iowa Hawkeyes system.

“We love Caitlin Clark. I think she's amazing. I watched every time I possibly could. Our league loves her. This has nothing to do with… We're just doing our job. We're going to show up. Whoever's on the other team is on the other team, we don't really care. We're going to show up and do us. I think this narrative of everybody hating on Caitlin Clark… And even the black-and-white thing. Knock it off. It's not there. It's not there. So shut down the noise…,” the Aces coach said.

The discourse about the excellence inside the WNBA before and with Clark has been a huge talking point. It has especially boomed since they now got chartered flights and had to relocate to bigger stadiums since the Fever are playing them. Nonetheless, this won't stop the dominant Aces from getting another WNBA championship come fall.