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.