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Rob Parker Says Caitlin Clark Could Be the NBA's First Female Player

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Rob Parker: “This is not disrespect to him [Ice Cube] but Caitlin Clark is too big for the Big3 and not only that, she’s too big for the WNBA. I am convinced that Caitlin Clark should play for an NBA team, NOT a WNBA team. This ain’t no stunt like Eddie Gaedel with the White Sox. Remember they had the small person who they tried to get him to walk every at bat? This is not a sideshow. This is not the bearded lady at the circus.
The NBA right now is so soft as far as physical play. They allow almost anyone to just take three-point shots, and I really believe that Caitlin Clark could put up threes in this man’s NBA. This is not 2004, this is not the 90’s, this is an NBA where the three-ball is open, and it’s open to be had. We just saw Steph Curry go up against a female [Sabrina Ionescu] in the three-point shooting contest. I’m telling you she could play, she could make shots in the NBA. If they get her on some screens, they can open her up for some shots, some open looks... Nancy Lieberman already played in a men’s league and that wasn’t taking threes. In this NBA where you’re not physical, where you can put up threes, I’m telling you, I think she could make threes in the NBA. I’m not saying she’s gonna be a star. We’re not asking her to be the best player in the league we’re asking her to make some threes.
With the way they play the game now from the perimeter – she's putting up shots from the logo! Why can’t she do that in the NBA? We just saw an All-Star Game where they didn’t even put their hands up defensively. There are a lot of open shots that you see in the NBA every night. She’s not going to be the star of the team but could she play and put up some shots? YES. She too good for the WNBA and that would be a waste of talent. She’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen from the perimeter for the women’s game; if you’re going to give someone an opportunity [a women playing in the NBA for the first time], it should be her. Can we have her go to training camp? Can we have her fail? Can some NBA team give her an opportunity? What is so wrong with trying and giving her an opportunity??"

Watch Rob Parker of Fox Sports Radio’s The Odd Couple explain why he thinks Caitlin Clark should forget her dream of playing in the WNBA, and hunt an even bigger goal of becoming the first woman to ever play in the NBA. 

Parker says he’s not concerned over the ‘physicality’ of the men’s game, saying those days are over and lost in the 90’s and 00’s, adding that Clark could flourish in a modern NBA that has abandoned physical defense, and completely opened up the floor for volume-shooting three-point specialists. Clark makes 5.2 threes per game, the most in the NCAA, and her 181 three-pointers made is the highest total in Division-1 history, male or female.  

Parker proclaims that Clark is ‘too big’ for the WNBA, and would be ‘wasting her talent’, saying that an NBA team should at least her give a tryout during the off-season and see if she can cut it with the men, and sighting Nancy Lieberman as a former women’s player who broke the gender barrier by playing in the now-defunct United States Basketball League in 1986. 

Two women have been drafted in the NBA Draft, Denise Long in 1969, and Lusia Harris in 1977, but neither ever appeared in a game.  

Check out the segment above as Parker says Clark is an elite enough three-point shooter to warrant a spot on an NBA roster.  

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