Is The Star Falling?

Things seemed to be going well. Los Angeles Sparks PF Candace Parker was playing very well. She was scoring, rebounding and leading her team in each and every game. And Parker was healthy for the first time. Then, all of a sudden, one move and she goes down again. Parker tore the meniscus in her right knee during the later stages of their game against the New York Liberty. It just seems like the injury bug continues to bite her and its so unfortunate.

Parker was expected to go down in history as being one of the greatest women's basketball players of all-time. She is 6'5", can shoot, handle the basketball, rebound and block shots. Unfortunately, with the greatness that was expected, injuries have followed. She's had knee and shoulder injuries that have hampered her during her whole professional career.

Parker is obviously the biggest star in the WNBA. For the league, this is a huge hit. The WNBA was depending on Parker and rookie SF Maya Moore to carry the league and possibly bring some fans of women's college basketball to the professional level. For the WNBA to survive, either they must take another direction in their marketing plans or put more into Maya Moore. Whatever the plan is, Parker hasn't proven that she can stay healthy enough to carry the WNBA back to the popularity the league had when it first was created.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Parker. I believe she will come back strong and be resilient in her battle with injury. I have enjoyed watching her play, but the Sparks and the WNBA have to be concerned with the frequency of her injures.

7 Responses

  1. You’re right and the WNBA really needs these two ladies to perform at high levels. Candace and Moore were both exceptional in college, everyone knows that, but it would be unfortunate for the WNBA if they can’t keep that same level of play. This is a bad break for a league that can’t afford many Moore.

    • It definitely would be unfortunate. I think the NBA could do more to help the WNBA, but for some reason, they really don’t do much to help the WNBA. Well, recently with commercials, but that’s about it.

  2. Without them, who would be the next best player?

  3. 7Boss1

    I’m no wnba fan but I do feel bad for Candace. She’s hasn’t been able to put on a full display because of all the injuries but hopefully it’ll all change for her soon

  4. Kareem Howard

    You know, when I first saw the title of this post, I immediately thought you were referring to Tiger Woods, but this is just as bad. It’s just one those situations where her body frame may not be able to endure all of the punishment night in and night out. Kind of like a female version of Greg Oden. But At least she has some insurance in husband (and current Knick PF Sheldon Williams). As far as marketing goes, the focus should be placed on Maya Moore and Tina Charles, both who had completely dominated the courts while in college, but to be honest, the marketing value won’t go up until Brittney Griner comes into the league. At that point, if coached properly, she will become the new face of the WNBA.

    • Kareem- Only time will tell if the WNBA is able to survive any much longer. If 22 of the 30 NBA teams took hits, you know the WNBA teams have taken some serious hits as well.

  5. Lee Love

    Candace and her brother Anthony are from my town in Illinois, we’ve enjoyed watching them both grow up and be successful. I certainly do wish her blessings and luck as she battles the latest injury.

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