• Loading stock data...
Monday, May 20, 2024

Out of Her ‘Comfort Zone’: SNL Starts Caitlin Clark’s Whirlwind Draft Weekend

  • Clark’s trip to New York includes big time interviews and media appearances.
  • The WNBA draft is Monday night in Brooklyn.
Syndication: USA TODAY

Caitlin Clark made her first trip to New York last spring to accept the AAU’s Sullivan Award, ESPN reported. She was only in town for a night, but wanted to see Times Square and grab a slice of pizza.

Her trip to Manhattan this weekend is much more high profile.

Her appearance on Saturday Night Live, in which she politely dragged Weekend Update anchor Michael Che for his lengthy history of jokes about women’s sports, was only the beginning of her jam-packed WNBA Draft weekend.

On Sunday, she wore a dark green suit as she sat for interviews with ESPN and The Today Show. “I don’t get nervous for basketball games,” she told NBC’s Stephanie Gosk about her SNL appearance. “But going in front of a live audience on national television, doing something outside of your comfort zone, is a little scary. My heart was pounding out of my chest.”

On Monday morning, she and fellow likely top draft pick Kamilla Cardoso from South Carolina wore signature WNBA hoodies as they flipped the switch on the Empire State Building, which will be lit orange for tonight’s draft in Brooklyn. Young fans found out Clark was there, and held up their jerseys to the window as they peered inside to see the star. The group of draft invitees made their way to the top for a photo opp. The former Hawkeye smiled next to Angel Reese, two weeks after the “Bayou Barbie” put a crown on the Iowa bench as Clark warmed up.

Monday evening, she’ll walk the orange carpet and take her seat by 7:30 p.m., where shortly after, she’s all but certain to hear her name called first by the Indiana Fever. The team posted a graphic on social media Sunday night to mark 22 hours until the draft, the same number Clark wore at Iowa.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

The WNBA Rookies Are Creating a New Celebrity Row

Major celebs like Kim Kardashian and Latto are showing up for the newbies.

World’s Best Golfer Arrested Attempting to Enter PGA Championship

Scottie Scheffler was arrested and released by Louisville police Friday morning.

Amazon’s Thursday Night Fever: Banking on Caitlin Clark’s Impact

Clark makes her home debut for the Indiana Fever on Thursday night.

Cuts and Layoffs Coming at Under Armour As Sales Keep Dropping

Under Armour just reinstalled founder Kevin Plank as CEO.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Bare Knuckle Fighting Comes Out of the Shadows

0:00

Featured Today

Michael Block signs autographs on the 18th hole during day three of practice for the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

‘I Prefer It This Way’: How Life Works for PGA Club Pros

Here’s how life works for the qualifiers at golf’s second major.
February 5, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; The grounds of the Capitol Building empty out following the conclusion of President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech on February 5, 2019.
May 18, 2024

‘A Breathtaking Lobbying Campaign’: The NCAA’s Sophisticated Effort to Save Amateurism

Inside the carefully coordinated, multimillion-dollar operation to end the athletes’ rights era.
May 14, 2024

The WNBA Was Forged in Houston. Why Won’t It Go Back There?

Houston’s a perfect fit for expansion. The league isn’t considering it yet.
May 9, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark (22) stands with the team during the national anthem on Thursday, May 9, 2024, during the preseason game against the Atlanta Dream at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
May 12, 2024

‘Perfect Storm’: The Rise of Local WNBA Broadcast Pacts

With national attention reaching new heights, regional coverage could dictate the future.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Live Nation
Multiple - USA Careers
Adidas
Multiple - USA Careers
FanDuel
Multiple - USA Careers

Chaos at the PGA Championship: Here’s What We Know

The No. 1 golfer in the world nearly didn’t make it to Valhalla Golf Club.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Rolando gives thumbs during World Cup match
May 15, 2024

The 25 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World

Cristiano Ronaldo takes the crown as the highest-paid athlete in the world.
May 15, 2024

Caitlin Clark Debuts With WNBA’s Most-Watched Game in Decades

The game averaged 2.12 million viewers, the WNBA’s highest since 2001.
Sponsored

Major League Rugby’s Vision for American Rugby

How Major League Rugby is leading the Rugby renaissance in the U.S.
May 15, 2024

Caitlin Clark’s Pro Debut: Inside the Connecticut Casino Pressure Cooker

Clark struggled on the court as the hype exploded off it.
May 13, 2024

Rich Running Fan Pays Boston Marathon Winner After Organizers Still Haven’t

The Boston Athletic Association still owes the winner $100,000.
May 13, 2024

Bronny James Reportedly Staying in Draft After Medical Clearance

James immediately becomes the draft’s most polarizing prospect.
May 12, 2024

Tiger Woods Is Still Pro Golf’s Top Dog … Off the Course

From Saudi negotiations to TV ratings and apparel, Woods still drives interest.