Chennedy Carter criticizes Caitlin Clark's skills and defends Angel Reese amid viral videos

Many basketball fans have been excited about the budding rivalry between Angel Reese of the Chicago Sky and Caitlin Clark of the Indiana Fever this year, but another Sky player is forging her own duel with the 2024 No. 1 overall pick.

Chicago's Chennedy Carter was subsequently given a Level 1 intentional foul for her hip check of Clark during Sunday's 71-70 loss.

In her post-game press conference, she declined to comment on the incident, but subsequently made her feelings toward Clark very clear on social media.

In a reply to threads, Carter criticized the rookie’s play:

“What else does she bring to the table besides three-point shots, man,” Carter wrote.

In another post, she called Reese “my dawg fasho” after the striker appeared to celebrate from the bench following the contact:

Courtesy of Threads

Carter's foul immediately became a symbol of two larger narratives that have quickly formed around the WNBA discourse: Older veterans “hate” Clark, and the league is de facto allowing these players to take liberties with the rookie by not penalizing fouls.

Carter's comments about Clark will certainly help advance the first storyline.

Her attitude isn't that unusual, though. No matter what sport, no matter what league, more experienced players are always a little skeptical when they face younger players. This is especially true when a newcomer is causing as much excitement as Caitlin Clark.

LeBron James got this nickname from some of his own teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers when he entered the NBA in 2003. There is a whole legend surrounding a handful of NBA stars who “knocked out” Michael Jordan at the 1985 All-Star Game.

Beginners always have to earn their spurs, and Clark is no different.

The extent to which this has already escalated is a good example of why the WNBA would also benefit from some interpersonal drama on the court. It's good when players or teams argue in a way that doesn't cross clear boundaries.

The WNBA lacked a real rivalry.

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were linked throughout their careers, but this felt less like a rivalry and more like a game between friends trying to outdo each other. The Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx, meanwhile, had a compelling battle that spanned several years, but the intrigue has since faded as both franchises have dropped out of the title race.

It is doubtful that Carter and Clark will become a permanent rivalry, but Sunday's game has at least made the rematch between Chicago and Indiana on June 16 a must-see.