Daily Sports Smile: WNBA star Candace Parker shares heartwarming details from special moment with daughter
WNBA star Candace Parker captured many hearts after an emotional moment with her daughter, Lailaa, Sunday afternoon. Parker celebrated with Lailaa after helping the Chicago Sky win their first WNBA title in franchise history.
The moment was special on many levels. This offseason, Parker returned to her hometown after spending 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks.
However, the transition was not always easy.
Parker faced adversity with an ankle injury and the Sky dealt with inconsistent play. They finished 16-16 overall and battled through a grueling stretch in the WNBA playoffs.
Still, Parker endeared herself to teammates by rising above obstacles. In her postgame press conference, she mentioned that it was Lailaa that motivated her to keep going.
Washington Post reporter Kareem Copeland shared the emotional response.
"I owe everything I am to her, just because she's been my motivation and my reason for everything," Parker said. "We've gone through this together, you know? She sacrifices her mom so that I can live my dream. I just am so thankful for her, that she's here for the big moments, but she's also here when I don't want to get up and go work out - she sees those moments."
Parker added that she asked Lailaa for input before deciding to sign with the Sky. The transition was validated as special moments, like Sunday, were are all worth it.
"I asked her if it was okay if I came to Chicago, and she was like, 'I want another picture - I want another picture like that'" Parker said, referring to a photo taken after Parker won the 2016 WNBA title. "And it's crazy because she came out to the court and said 'We did it,' and it was just surreal."
Parker is a two-time WNBA MVP and a six-time All-Star. She averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 23 games this season.