Sky’s Candace Parker Considering Retirement at the End of WNBA Season

Candace Parker being announced at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in 2017
Candace Parker being announced at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8411751an)

We are running out of time to witness the greatness of Candace Parker in person. During an appearance on the WNBA Weekly, Parker admitted that she is unsure whether she will play after the 2022 WNBA season and that retirement is one of the options she will consider.

“That is how I’m entering the season,” Parker said when asked whether this will be her last season in WNBA. “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.”

Parker had an impressive run with the Chicago Sky in 2021, leading the franchise to its first WNBA title. She also picked up her first All-Star appearance since 2018.

The 36-year-old player previously starred for the Los Angeles Sparks, where she won two WNBA MVP honors and WNBA Finals MVP during the Sparks’ title run in 2016. She has two gold medals with Team USA on her resume as well.

When Parker eventually decides it’s time to say goodbye to professional basketball, she probably won’t spend much time deciding on her next move. The former Tennessee standout already has a side career in broadcasting, serving as an NBA analyst and commentator and being involved in NCAA Tournament coverage.

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