Candace Parker Open to Retiring: 'That Is How I'm Entering the Season'

Through 15 renowned seasons in the WNBA, there isn’t a lot that Candace Parker has actually delegated show. She’s currently been called an All-Star 6 times, is a nine-time All-WNBA choice, and won 2 titles and 2 MVPs. Parker likewise won a Defensive Player of the Year in 2020 and made a Finals MVP in 2016.

At 36-years-old, the Tennessee legend has more playing days behind her than in front. During a look on WNBA Weekly, she informed host Kristen Ledlow that 2022 might be the last time she laces it up.

“That is how I’m entering the season,” Parker stated, per ESPN’s Alexa Philippou. “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.”

After assisting lead the Chicago Sky to their first-ever title last season, Parker exposed that she was “ready and really thinking about” leaving the wood after understanding how difficult of a time she had simply to exercise and start increase for a brand-new WNBA season. However, Ace stated her child persuaded her to offer it more walk around. She likewise desires her child, Airr, to see her play.

“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 stated. “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 believe the very first exercise that I did at the end of October, I resembled, ‘Yeah, I really might retire.’ That’s how close I was. I was actually taking a look at my stationary bicycle, and I was similar to, ‘Yeah, that might have been a good time to retire. I don’t wish to do this.’

Chicago starts their title defense on Friday versus the Los Angeles Sparks.

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