New Las Vegas Aces teammates Kelsey Plum and Candace Parker didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye during their WNBA season opener against the Seattle Storm.
As the Aces rolled into halftime with a commanding 43-28 lead, Plum chided Parker in an interview with ESPN’s Holly Rowe.
“Candace Parker, she’s wearing all black shoes with white socks. Which is, like, criminal, but she can pull it off,” Plum deadpanned.
“She’s the GOAT so we’re gonna let her do it today, but then we’ll talk to her about it after the game, right?” Rowe replied. (Video of the interview is embedded below.)
"Candace Parker, she's wearing all-black shoes with white socks. Which is like, criminal." — @Kelseyplum10, everyone 😂 pic.twitter.com/sNCQyquq1j— espnW (@espnW) May 20, 2023
"Candace Parker, she's wearing all-black shoes with white socks. Which is like, criminal." — @Kelseyplum10, everyone 😂 pic.twitter.com/sNCQyquq1j
Fans took to social media to debate the fashion choice. Even “Art But Make It Sports” – a Twitter account dedicated to juxtaposing iconic sports moment and works of art — weighed in, comparing Parker’s shoe-sock combo to The Matador Saluting, a painting by Édouard Manet.
The Matador Saluting, by Édouard Manet, 1866-67, 📸 by Scott Eklund https://t.co/UhmI9iDDkm pic.twitter.com/ZMAJmhT5eQ— ArtButMakeItSports (@ArtButSports) May 20, 2023
The Matador Saluting, by Édouard Manet, 1866-67, 📸 by Scott Eklund https://t.co/UhmI9iDDkm pic.twitter.com/ZMAJmhT5eQ
“Call me Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson Vibes),” Parker replied on Instagram.
The Aces won the game 105-64. The 41-point margin broke the WNBA record for largest margin of victory by any WNBA team in a season opener, per ESPN Stats & Info. Plum and Jackie Young recorded 23 points each, while four other Aces players also scored in the double digits: Chelsea Gray (14), A’ja Wilson (13), Candace Parker (12) and Alysha Clark (10).
Still, the Aces’ rout was overshadowed by the absence of head coach Becky Hammon, who served the first of a two-game suspension after a WNBA investigation found she made comments to Dearica Hamby about her pregnancy, violating the league’s Respect in the Workplace policies. Hammon has denied the claims. Assistant Tyler Marsh served as acting head coach during Saturday’s contest.