By Josh Johnson

Leave it to the great Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times to bring some sanity to the Caitlin Clark Olympics debate:

Clark, who is in her first WNBA season with the Indiana Fever, was a three-time unanimous first-team All-American at Iowa.

In her last two seasons, she finished first in the nation in points and assists. She led the Hawkeyes to the final of the women’s NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.

She was the 2023 and 2024 Naismith Player of the Year.

She won the Wooden Award as the national player of the year those same years.

She was the 2024 James E. Sullivan Award winner, given to the most outstanding athlete in college and Olympic sports.

And — by the way — she scored more points than anyone in NCAA Division I history, male or female.

She was the first pick in the WNBA Draft in April and recently scored 30 points in a game for the Fever, tying a rookie record by making seven three-pointers.

She’s the leading scorer by a wide margin for rookies and was named the WNBA’s rookie of the month for May.

Here’s another reason Clark should be on the team, and it’s the biggest:

People want to see her play.

Good Lord, what more do you need?

Aren’t eyeballs the whole package, the goal?

The U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team has won seven consecutive gold medals.

It hasn’t lost a game since 1992.

Like, Clark will damage that?

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