Candace Parker Wins 2013 WNBA MVP Award

The WNBA awarded Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks with the 2013 MVP trophy last night. This is Parker’s second time holding the prestigious trophy in her hands—the first was in 2008 (her rookie season). More from the L.A. Times:

“The WNBA announced Thursday that Sparks forward/center Candace Parker won her second most-valuable-player award. Parker, who averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists this season, also won the award her rookie year in 2008.

‘I was shocked when I got your phone call yesterday,’ Parker said. ‘I was so focussed and into playoff mode that, you know, I really am humbled and wasn’t expecting this because of the great competition and how much the WNBA has grown since I’ve been on this stage five years ago.

‘The first thought that came to my mind when I received [WNBA President Laurel Richie’s] phone call was, I remember back to when I was in college, and my coach, Pat Summitt, said to me, ‘You have to handle success like you handle failure.’

‘Five years ago, I stood on this stage young. I was back here and just thought that this happened, that you just come into the WNBA, and everything happens so fast. Years later, obstacles thrown, injuries, a beautiful daughter, things like that happen. It’s not what’s thrown at you, it’s how you handle it.'”