When Candace Parker clinched the lifetime achievement of returning to her hometown team and leading them to their first championship in franchise history, she considered retirement. As recently as three weeks ago, she said she’s unsure of what the future holds (read: she could retire after this year.)
Whenever she decides she’s done playing, she’s made it clear she’s going to retire on top of the game, where she’s been since Day 1.
In Year 16, at age 36, Parker became the oldest player in WNBA history to record a triple-double over the weekend, and the third player ever to record multiple for her career. Her 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists led the Sky in a nine-point win over the Mystics, one of the league’s hottest teams. Parker played just 30 minutes, made two 3-pointers, and sank 7-of-13 shots from the field while turning the ball over just one time. Nice of a CP3 to show out in May.
I know athletes sometimes say that they’ll know physically when it’s time to shut things down. But, like, I’m convinced there’s never going to be a point in which she’s consistently outplayed on a W court?
I was reminded a bit of this as we all rightfully celebrated the tremendously talented rookie Rhyne Howard for winning Player of the Week honors in her first-ever week playing in the W. She’s playing at an All-Star level already, and it’s been impressive as hell — she may one day be talked about like we do Parker.
For now though, it’s important to remember that Parker was not only Rookie of the Year in 2008, but also MVP. She was the best player in the league when she started, and a decade-and-a-half later, there’s only a handful of players you can argue are better, most nearly a decade younger than her.
We’re living in Candace Parker’s WNBA until she decides otherwise.
The Chicago Sky have +600 odds (bet $100 to win $600) to win the 2022 WNBA championship and are the favorite at -14 (win by more than 14 points) to beat the Fever in tonight’s matchup.
Candace Parker has +1500 odds (bet $100 to win $1,500) to win MVP.