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Longtime Iowa women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder finally spoke out about Caitlin Clark’s exclusion from the Olympic basketball roster.

“She’s represented USA Basketball many times. She’s won three gold medals. But we have to remember, it is the hardest team to make anywhere. It is the hardest team to make. And the 12 women that they have chosen are exceptional women. The only ‘but’ I have is: What about the future? Because this team has not lost a game since 1992,” Bluder told the Washington Post (via Fox News).

“So, they’re a great group. They’re experienced. There’s no doubt we’re going to win another gold medal in Paris. But what about the fact that in four years we’re going to be playing in L.A.? How are we preparing for that? That would be my only ‘but.’

“I think it would have benefited Caitlin if she would have had another year of experience and maybe not be coming right off of her collegiate season where she’s pretty tired, as you can see in her play right [now]. Her body needs a rest. And the silver lining is that her body will get some rest during this break. And I think that’s what we have to focus on is the silver lining to this whole deal.”