A defender has stepped forward to protect the WNBA’s reputation. Philadelphia 76ers guard, Patrick Beverley, has come to their defense.
Last week, Clay Travis gained attention for his challenge to the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. The founder of OutKick offered $1 million to the WNBA champions if they could defeat a high school boys basketball team of his choosing. However, if they lost, the Aces would have to pay out $1 million to the high schoolers.
While the WNBA and the Aces have not responded to our requests for comment, Beverley has voiced his opinion.
In this week’s episode of his Barstool-sponsored Pat Bev Pod, Beverley suggests that Clay must “be on drugs” for thinking the boys could win. He highlights the physicality and toughness of WNBA players.
“I don’t care what he says,” Beverley stated. “They’re way more physical than men. I, like, went through the Minnesota Lynx while I was chasing Aerial Powers [Lynx guard] through screens and they hit you more. They set hard screens. They hold their screens.”
When co-host Adam Ferrone asked him who sets harder screens between the Lynx and Toronto Raptors star Scottie Barnes, Beverley responded, “The Lynx — no doubt.”
“It’s a physical game, bro. It’s crazy. These WNBA girls are skilled,” Beverley added. “As a player, you want to watch basketball first. But you also want to see who’s the real deal, who’s got it all.”
By the way, no one is disputing the skill of WNBA players. However, there are undeniable advantages that men possess over women in terms of athletic performance. That’s why the men’s and women’s games are so different.
That’s also why, regardless of what Beverley says, his 76ers would dominate the Minnesota Lynx.
Patrick Beverley Stands Up For WNBA Players
Beverley’s response isn’t surprising at all. He’s an NBA player, and the NBA supports the WNBA both literally and financially. Even if Beverley believed the Aces would lose to a group of high schoolers, saying so would be detrimental to business.
However, Clay has not changed his mind. In fact, he’s willing to let Beverley join in on the fun.
“Hey @patbev21, you said I ‘have to be on drugs’ to bet a million on a high school boys’ state champ team against the WNBA champs,” Clay posted on X. “Put your money where your mouth is, put a million on the WNBA team, and I’ll put a million on the high school boys’ team. Loser pays the winning team.”
So, Pat and Clay will determine whose theory is correct, and one basketball team will become $1 million richer. It seems like a fantastic deal to me.
Your move, Bev.
Rachel Adams is your WNBA insider, delivering comprehensive coverage of women’s basketball. With a commitment to highlighting the talent and achievements of WNBA players, she provides game analysis, player profiles, and inspiring stories from the league.