Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 2:31 pm  |  32 responses

Video: Candace Parker at Gatorade Photo Shoot

Why the L.A. Sparks star came off a plane in search of pizza.

by Nima Zarrabi / @NZbeFree

As Candace Parker wraps up her Gatorade G Series Pro shoot at the Long Beach Pyramid, I set up a flip cam on a tripod nearby as various employees from advertising agency TBWA Chiat Day, suspiciously eye me hard nearby. “Who is he and is that camera rolling?”

With the shoot complete, Candace walks over and we are introduced. She has me dizzy a few words after “hello.” “I had the purple ones like that on today,” she says, looking down at the adidas Nizza’s on my feet. “I love those shoes. They remind me of Chucks.”

And after a couple deep breaths, the discussion moves forward. It was early May and Candace was fresh from an off-season stint playing for a professional team in Russia, taking a much needed week off from the game. She was recharged and focused on performing at a high level for the upcoming WNBA season. It was great to sit down with her for a few minutes. She spoke about missing pizza and the various challenges while living abroad, her expectations for the Sparks season, life as a professional and the release of her adidas shoe. Her enthusiasm that day has clearly transferred onto the court.

Parker has put together some impressive individual statistics during the first eight games of the season, with per game averages of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Despite her MVP numbers, the Sparks are off to a 2-6 start. The Sparks won at home against the Phoenix Mercury last night, lifted by a layup by Parker with three seconds left in the game for the 92-91 victory.

Check the video below for our sit down with Candace.

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  • K.a.

    Man, candace is such a hottie.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Back in high school I watched Candace Parker dunk at my high school’s (Dundee-Crown) gym during our holiday tournament. One of the coolest basketball-related memories of my life. True story http://www.gballmag.com/cc-parkerdunks.html

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  • Hussman25

    @Riggs: I was just abt to ask the same GD Question!!! SMMFH! Lucky S.O.B. (Bernie Mac Voice)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Enigmatic, your school hosted the Dundee-Drown? Damn, I went to Naperville Central…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    And, by the way, I’m not even going to ask how you found that site.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    Thanks for this, nima.

  • JoeMaMa

    Can we crown Sheldon Williams NBA Champion? Everyday is a Game 7 buzzer beater for him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @Ryne – yessir. Graduated from Dundee-Crown High School in ’03. I was actually the sports editor for the school paper at the time and I was hoping to get a chance to interview her during the tournament. But uhh, after the dunk, I knew it’d be impossible to get one with ESPN, Chicago Tribune and everyone else wanting to get at her. And small world.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    As for that website, I just googled “candace parker dunk dundee-crown” and it was the first thing that came up….honest. Didn’t even know what website it was till I read your second comment.

  • haywire

    shelden and candace should break up due to boston and L.A rivalry

  • haywire

    shelden and candace should break up due to boston and L.A rivalry

  • philly

    shelden and candace should break up due to boston and L.A rivalry

  • BostonBaller

    They must not work out together or his game would be a bit tighter by now.

  • BostonBaller

    As fine as she is she doesn’t seem to really be that excited about the product or know what’s going on. lol Can we switch her with sheldon? Isn’t it a rule that spouses can take over for their significant other on any team?

  • LD

    I hope Anthony Parker and Sheldon Williams ends up on the same team one day. “Candace Parker’s brother with the ally-oop to Candace Parker’s husband!” Then the camera pans to Candace parker sitting courtside.

  • Nigel

    She could post up on me any day….

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @LD – even if they did end up on the same team, Shelden would still need to get playing time for that scenario to happen.

  • The Philosopher

    I’ve said this before. I have to say it again… Candace Parker is the most beautiful ball player who’s ever lived. Sorry, Alana, but you are gorgeous, also.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    C’mere girl, I’ll quench your thirst…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Anton shut the hell up.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Better watch out
    Or else Tedda the bear will getcha
    No girls for him,
    He likes the boys with the butta
    Ain’t no shame when his claim to fame-uh
    Is being named after a type of h0mo flam-a
    His eyes always low to the court-a
    You watch the hoop, he watch the short shorts on the boys-a

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  • LD

    She can charge through my restricted area anytime.

  • The Philosopher

    If Candace Parker just happens to read some of these comments, I hope (and I’m sure she will) just totally disregard some of these comments.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    She is the sweetest person, i started a convo with her on Twitter while she was playing for Ekaterina in the spring and we spent about 20 mins trading Jay-Z lyrics back and forth (she luvs him) and after that she followed me and even responds to direct messages. Aces in my book, all aces.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @Anton: really, man?? was that insulting rhyme necessary?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Necessary? Is it necessary that I drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway because it’s sterile and I like the taste.
    Darksaba, whipping out his lightsaba
    Like a bad jedi gimmie a beat and I’ll slay ya
    Gimmie an inch I’ll shoot like R. Milla
    Matter of fact Imma stuff the Spalding
    In his mouth he’ll think I’m m@sterbatin
    His mufflin sounds still’s better than him in-game commentatin
    Now shut up Reg and let Marv do the talkin
    Needs more cowbell in this b!tch like Christopher Walken
    Keep talkin and Imma make your sista
    Tell erryone she’s you with a wig on
    Eenie meani miney mo, mothaf*cka who want it
    By the way Reg, how’s this for a Kodak moment?

  • Caitlin

    Great video! I’m not 2 convinced that she’s all in2 the new Gatorade series though! LOL…but I don’t even get that, because isn’t Gatorade just Gatorade, I mean I really don’t see a difference betweeen the 1,2,&3 except the fact that they’re just trying to make more money! :/

  • k.a.

    holy crap shes with celt shelden williams? THAT shelden william? holy crap.

  • Will

    When Shelden is interviewed about how great of a player Candace is, it almost pains him to give her credit. He needs to check her technique.

  • Tan

    Go go Candace. Hope you come back from that shoulder injury with a quickness.

    LD, you funny with that “Candace Parker’s brother…to Candace Parker’s husband” shtick.