TAG: Candace Parker

WNBA / Jul 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Summer Hoops: 15 WNBA-to-NBA Comparisons

Candace Parker

I’m tired of feeling like I have to begin every women’s basketball column defending the sport and explaining why I watch women’s basketball. So for that, I’ll just say this: As a man, if you don’t have any deep-seeded problems with women in general, then you shouldn’t have any problems watching, appreciating and – stick with me here – maybe even enjoying women’s basketball. Read More »

Latest News, WNBA / Sep 20, 2013 / 11:30 am

The Top 10 Plays From MVP Winner Candace Parker’s Season

Candace Parker

Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks is the WNBA MVP for the 2013 season, it was announced Thursday. She’s the fifth player (along with Lisa Leslie, Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Lauren Jackson) in league history to win the award more than once. The 6-4 forward averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists as the Sparks racked up the second-best record in the Western Conference. Read More »

Latest News, WNBA / Jul 30, 2013 / 11:00 am

Report: WNBA Considering Adding A Dunk Contest

Candace Parker

Even five years ago, it would’ve been virtually impossible. But with the way the women’s game is growing, the WNBA is considering adding a dunk contest next year to All-Star Weekend, reports ESPN.com. Read More »

Smack / Aug 19, 2012 / 5:29 am

OKC Locks Up One Of Their MVPs; The Gasols Infiltrate The NCAA

Serge Ibaka

The NBA transaction wire might be moving slower than Ben Roethlisberger running a 40-yard dash right now, but this is also the time of year when teams make those overlooked moves that lead to championships — or at least keep them out of the lottery — down the road. The Oklahoma City Thunder, for example, quietly locked up defensive sparkplug Serge Ibaka yesterday with a four-year, $48 million extension. Read More »

Smack / Aug 12, 2012 / 12:00 am

Dwight Howard Has A New Rival; Team USA Plays For Gold Today

DeMarcus Cousins

Back in the day, fierce rivalries amongst the baddest big men in the game were warranted, and universally expected. Chuck could talk smack to Karl Malone about how much better he was. Shaq hated on David Robinson, and went out to turn him into a human pinball whenever they matched up. Hakeem went at the Admiral when he felt disrespected during the 1995 Western Conference Finals. And Bill Laimbeer just wanted to cheap shot everybody. It was a different era back then, and most would argue it made for more interesting basketball, more drama. Nowadays, everyone is teaming up, and with so many NBA players first meeting each other at earlier ages and then practically growing up together on the court, rivalries are scarce. As far as big men go, Andrew Bynum is probably the largest wild card, only because of the increasingly weird Andrew Bynum things he does. So we think we’re speaking for most fans when we say thank God for DeMarcus Cousins. Read More »

Smack / Aug 4, 2012 / 2:54 am

Don’t Forget About The Other Team USA Dominance; Free Agency Is Almost Over

Team USA Women

The U.S. men are about to get their toughest test of the Olympics. And it still won’t be a game. Lithuania plays the record-setting Americans on Saturday, two days after they detonated Nigeria by 83 points. After that one, a mini-controversy has erupted around whether the team purposefully ran up the score on the helpless Olympic debutantes. Nah; we mean, the U.S. just could not miss. Now, they weren’t exactly holding the ball in four corners, but even though we aren’t quiet buying Coach K saying that Nigeria’s coach would have been “humiliated” if the U.S. didn’t play hard the whole way, they did have to put the ball up every 24 seconds. Read More »

Video Games / Aug 1, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Baron Davis’ First Video Game Can Now Be Played

Getting Buckets

Where some might see an athlete starting a video game company as a bad idea in the wake of former pitcher Curt Schilling‘s doomed 38 Studios, Baron Davis has never been shy to take what some might call a low-percentage shot. The former Knick guard who blew out his knee this spring and former 15-year Electronic Arts staffer Sean O’Brien have started 5 Balloons Interactive to break into mobile gaming, which they believe isn’t a longshot at all. Their first offering is already available: “Getting Buckets” featuring Davis himself. Steve Nash, Brandon Jennings, Rajon Rondo and Candace Parker play characters who you have to buy in the game, according to Game FAQs. No, there isn’t an option to dunk on Andrei Kirilenko‘s face unlike real-life Davis — but villains do include Hack and Swat, whose evil powers should probably be self-evident. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear, WNBA / Jul 18, 2011 / 2:30 pm

Rookie Maya Moore Has The WNBA’s Best-Selling Jersey

Maya Moore

Despite only entering the league this spring, Maya Moore has already become the proud owner of the WNBA’s best-selling jersey. Why is this a big deal you may ask? This is based on sales from October 2010 through June 2011. Not bad for this April’s No. 1 pick sporting No. 23 for the Minnesota Lynx. And in case you were wondering, Moore supplanted Candace Parker who has held the top ranking since October 2008 and boasts the best-selling jersey in NBA Store history. Read More »

WNBA / May 16, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Candace Parker Talks Russia, Sparks & Ron Harper

Candace Parker

Mother of Lailaa; wife of Shelden; sister of Anthony. Candace Parker goes by many titles these days, but we all know her as arguably the best female athlete in the world. While she’s not in L.A. lighting it up for the Sparks, the 6-4 forward spends her offseason playing basketball overseas for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. In between her motherly duties and obligations to her Euroleage team, we were able to catch up with Candace to talk Sparks championship hopes, playing ball post-pregnancy and her idolization of Ron Harper. Read More »

Featured Gallery, Latest News, NBA / May 11, 2011 / 11:00 am

Dime #64: Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook Are Generation Now

Dime #64

To be honest, we don’t know what the NBA will look like by the time the issue following this one hits newsstands. For all we know, the lockout will be in full effect and half the league will be headed overseas to join Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury and Ricky Davis. But what we do know is that when play resumes – whether that’s October, November, December, or beyond – the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be leading the pack. Read More »