NBA champion Kevin Durant agrees with USA Basketball’s decision to leave Caitlin Clark off of the Olympic roster due to some controversial reasons

Kevin Durant and Caitlin Clark


NBA champion Kevin Durant agrees with USA Basketball’s decision to leave Caitlin Clark off of the Olympic roster.


Kevin Durant and Caitlin Clark

The 22-year-old’s omission from the women’s basketball team competing in 2024 Paris Olympics sparked fierce debate among fans and analysts, but Durant, 35, said there were “better candidates” for the roster during a conversation with the Wall Street Journal’s Emma Tucker at Journal House at The Cannes Lions Festival.

The Phoenix Suns star said he thinks there are still “proper steps you’ve got to take in our world to be considered an Olympian,” when asked about the Indiana Fever rookie.

“I think she’s going to definitely be on one of these teams going forward but right now, there were better candidates out there,” Durant explained during the appearance alongside his Boardroom partner, Rich Kleiman.

Sabrina Ionescu, Brittney Griner, Kelsey Plum and Diana Taurasi are among the WNBA stars selected for Team USA’s 2024 roster.

He shared praise for the WNBA as well and their work “showcasing” the no. 1 overall pick. “The WNBA is doing a great job of showcasing her. I see her games on ESPN every other day,” Durant said,

“I see her in talks around, no matter what they’re talking about, there’s a lot of dialogue around the game right now, so that’s good as well.”

Durant, who will play for Team USA alongside LeBron James and Steph Curry in Paris, added that Clark should “continue to keep showing up every day” as she navigates her transition into the league.

“I think as she continues to keep getting better as a player, her production on the court gets better, then the league will grow along with some of the other women who are coming in,” he said, specifically citing Las Vegas Aces 2x MVP A’ja Wilson.

“There’s just so many great players in our league that Caitlin has helped shine that light on them and that’ll help the league grow over time,” Durant added.

The Boardroom founders appeared in conversation with Tucker at the Wall Street Journal’s Journal House during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Alexis Ohanian, Diplo, Ashley Flowers and Yara & Keri Shahidi, among others, also attended the event.