Candace Parker, Lisa Leslie and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks are set to face former Huskie Diana Taurasi and the defending champion Phoenix Mercury.
Under circumstances much like the Robinson-less Spurs drafting Tim Duncan, the Sparks were able to acquire arguably the most hyped female basketball player ever.
Lisa Leslie, a 2-time MVP, was inactive last season due to pregnancy. The Sparks tanked as they stumbled to a 10-24 final record. They got one hell of a consolation prize: Parker.
Parker and I hail from the same area in Illinois and I’ve kept tabs on her since she started high school. Creepy, I know. At least she didn’t see me hiding in the bushes. (Joking, Illinois PD.)
It will be interesting to see how Leslie and Parker fit in together. Leslie is a proven winner and will make the proper adjustments to accommodate a player like Parker.
But what will Parker do? Will she be involved in pick-and-rolls with Leslie? Parker is an adept shooter so will she consciously increase the volume of her long-range shots?
I always forget that ball movement in the women’s game is much smoother than movement in the men’s counterpart so I guess I answered my own question.
I’m very anxious to watch Parker in action, especially against the also-hyped Diana Taurasi.
Candace Parker was dunking in her diapers. She dominated in high school on the way to 2 high school player of the year awards. Parker then went to THE women’s basketball program and lead Tennessee to back-to-back national championships.
The logical conclusion is that she dominates the WNBA. But can she show a complete floor game in the pros? This CP3 definitely has the skill-set. I’m just waiting for the chips to fall where they may.