LeBron James attributes women's basketball's popularity to famous players.  

LeBron James thinks the NCAA women's basketball tournament's popularity has a simple reason.  

I don't think collegiate basketball is substantially different for men and women.   

James stated after his Los Angeles Lakers beat Washington on Wednesday that the women's game's legends drive its popularity.   

“You look at Angel Reese, JuJu (Watkins), Caitlin Clark, Paige (Bueckers), Audi Crooks, and Cameron Brink at Stanford. Among them is Notre Dame freshman Hannah Hidalgo.  

James named Zach Edey of Purdue and Dalton Knecht of Tennessee,  

but the transfer portal and early NBA draft exits make it harder for fans to get to know players. Different for women.  

“You can build a real iconic legacy at a program,” James remarked. “We all love that.”  

Clark appreciated James' support for the women's event.  

“He knows his stuff. Pays attention. On Thursday at media availability, she stated he supports the game.   

“He does more than talk. He supports and shows up. Having one of the best players promote and grow women's basketball is the coolest thing. Yes, we need that.”  

Clark will play her final college games in James' NBA debut arena.  

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