CP3 is taking over the Association — again.
After playing for her hometown Chicago Sky for two seasons and leading the franchise to a championship in 2021, Candace Parker announced in January that she was making the move west to play for the Las Vegas Aces.
Parker was drafted No. 1 overall out of Tennessee in 2008 to the Los Angeles Sparks. There, the 6-foot-4 forward began cementing herself as one of the league’s most impactful players. Some of her most notable achievements with LA include being named Rookie of the Year, earning a roster spot in five different All-Star games, winning a WNBA title, and being awarded Defensive Player of the Year.
But after 13 years with the Sparks, Candace left Tinsel Town for the Second City. And while her stint at home with the Sky was brief, her presence in Chicago helped propel the team forward just as it did when she was in Los Angeles. Parker was named an All-Star both seasons in Chicago, she brought the team a championship in her first year, and led the team to a No. 2 playoff seed in 2022.
CP3 was chosen as the WNBA MVP in 2008 and 2013. During her 2008 campaign, she averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. In 2013, she averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 boards, and 3.8 assists.
The accomplished athlete joins an already-stacked Aces squad that includes Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum, and A’ja Wilson.
May 23, 2023
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Whether you know her from her incredible days as a superstar playing for the Oregon Ducks or you recognize her as one of Kobe Bryant’s students, Sabrina Ionescu’s name is one that all hoop fans know and respect.
And if you’re a hoop head or even a casual spectator, it’s difficult to not know and respect Ionescu. She holds the NCAA record for career triple-doubles, and she’s the only NCAA Division I player to notch 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 1,000 assists. These records include both women’s and men’s college basketball.
Naturally, when she got drafted in 2020, she was the No. 1 overall pick and got to start her professional playing career in arguably the greatest city in the world with the New York Liberty.
Start spreading the news because Sabrina’s adding a new role to her resume: Director of Athletic Culture at the University of Oregon.
The part-time role will require the point guard to uphold and promote passion, integrity, unity, thankfulness, and servanthood — the five pillars of Oregon women’s basketball. Additionally, Ionescu will assist with the development of the university’s student athletes.
In her three years as a part of the Liberty, Sabrina has averaged 15 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. She made her first All-Star roster in 2022.
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