Candace Parker Calls It Quits

Basketball great Candace Parker recently announced she is retiring from the WNBA.

Longtime WNBA superstar Candace Parker announced on her Instagram over the weekend that she’s retiring from the WNBA after 16 seasons in the league.

“I’m grateful that for 16 years I played a game for a living and despite all the injuries, I hooped,” said the Naperville Central High School grad. “I’m grateful for family, friends, teammates, coaches, doctors, trainers & fans who made this journey so special.”

In those 16 years, Parker played 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, two seasons with the Chicago Sky, and just spent this past season with the Las Vegas Aces, winning a championship with each team.

Parker during er Sky champion days.

Parker finishes her heavily decorated career as arguably the greatest WNBA player of all time. She’s a seven-time All-Star, two-time MVP, and seven-time member of the All-WNBA First Team.

And if you’re worried about Parker going anywhere after basketball, she’s far from done with her professional life, even if it’s off the court.

Parker’s next career in sports broadcasting has already begun with appearances on the TNT network.

“This is the beginning…I’m attacking business, private equity, ownership (I will own both a NBA & WNBA team), broadcasting, production, boardrooms, beach volleyball, dominoes (sorry babe it’s going to get more real) with the same intensity & focus I did basketball.”

Thanks for an amazing career, Candace! And thanks for bringing a championship to Chicago.

By Jermale Dabney, Junior, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Instagram: @jermale_d


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Written by Jermale Dabney

Hi, I’m Jermale! I love roller coasters, theater, and Chicago sports.

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