As the WNBA season gets underway, so does the final season of Sylvia Fowles’ career, and likely Sue Bird’s career as well.
Another legend in Candace Parker may be adding her name to that list.
Parker, who is entering her 15th season in the WNBA and is a two-time MVP, revealed that she is considering retirement on NBA TV’s “WNBA Weekly” show with Kristen Ledlow.
Ledlow asked if Parker was operating under the assumption that this will be her last season playing in the league.
“That is how I’m entering the season,” Parker said. “I mean, I don’t know, I don’t know what the future holds. I know my contract is up after this year. And there will be decisions to be made.”
sorry about the quality but uh candace parker said she’s operating under the assumption this is her last year?? pic.twitter.com/Ze2LJyzgjo— whitney medworth (@its_whitney) May 6, 2022
sorry about the quality but uh candace parker said she’s operating under the assumption this is her last year?? pic.twitter.com/Ze2LJyzgjo
Parker joined the Chicago Sky ahead of the 2021 season from Los Angeles and helped lead the franchise to its first WNBA title and her second. The Sky are among the favorites to win it all again this season with the return of Courtney Vandersloot, Allie Quigley and Finals MVP Kahleah Copper. The team also added 2019 Finals MVP Emma Meesseman in the offseason.
Parker revealed that she was “ready and really thinking about” retirement after the 2021 title run.
“I’m game for playing five, six more WNBA seasons if I could literally have an easy button of getting in shape. It’s the easy button, that’s the problem,” Parker said. “It’s the being in the studio, which I love, but then waking up in the morning and working out before going on air. It’s the travel. It’s the offseason. So I think the first workout that I did the end of October, I was like, ‘Yeah, I really might retire.’ That’s how close I was. I was literally looking at my exercise bike and I was just like, ‘Yeah, that might have been a good time to retire. I don’t want to do this.'”
She added that her daughter Lailaa convinced her to play at least one more year.
“We were driving home from my daughter’s basketball practice and she was like, ‘Mom, I think you should play another year. You know, run it back,'” Parker told Ledlow. “And I don’t know, it’s just something about now my son [Airr, who was born in February] being able to be at the games and see his mom play and just my family being able to be there.
“I think at this point in my career for the last three or four years, I’ve operated in the present, and understand the value of every day because there’s more basketball behind me than in front of me, and I realize that. I’m excited for this ride.”