Caitlin Clark and Kamilla Cardoso asked to team up by WNBA, but Angel Reese wasn’t invited

The top draft prospects toured New York City on Monday morning.

Why didn't Reese (right) join Clark and Cardoso at the Empire State...

The most-anticipated WNBA Draft in over a decade takes place Monday night in New York City — and the top prospects are already there, taking in all that the city has to offer.

But are cliques already forming even before the first pick has been announced?

That is the question on the minds of many fans, hours before the draft begins at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

A viral video showing Caitlin Clark and Kamilla Cardoso lighting up the Empire State Building conspicuously does not include Angel Reese — an indication, perhaps, that the Clark – Reese rivalry will continue into pro basketball.

Clark, Cardoso, and a ceremonial lighting

Clark, Cardoso, Reese, and the other prospects attending the 2024 draft have been on a whirlwind tour of NYC, with Clark and Cardoso among the players who got a closer look at the Empire State Building on Monday — an icon of the city and one of the global symbols of the United States.

The Iowa and South Carolina stars then had the opportunity to “light” the building, flipping a switch that triggers its unique LED lighting system.

Selecting Clark and Cardoso for this honor could be reflective of the fact that the two player just last week played one another for the national championship, with Cardoso’s Gamecocks rallying from an early deficit to defeat Clark’s Hawkeyes.

The game, watched by nearly 19 million viewers, announced the arrival of women’s basketball as a major force in the American sports landscape.

Reese not being “included” in the lighting ceremony could have come down to that one simple fact.

But the “Bayou Barbie” can hold a grudge, and her relentless nature could give her the last laugh when she matches up against Clark and Cardoso on the hardwood again.

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