Candace Parker: ‘I Plan to Come Back’ for 2023 Season

Candace Parker will be back for at least one more season, according to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic. Parker confirmed she would return during an appearance on Dietsch’s Sports Media Podcast.

“I just did my treadmill workout downstairs and lifts in the hotel before heading to the studio,” Parker said. “I call it my citizen workout. I was working out six days after we (the Chicago Sky) lost this year. I just wanted to compete at everything, whether it was dominos or beach volleyball. That’s my mentality because I hate losing. So right now, yeah, I’m game.”

“Let’s see if my body feels this way in January or February, but I plan to play. I plan to come back. Last year, it was the reverse. I couldn’t imagine lacing up the shoes again. I could not imagine going through Game 27 on the schedule. Then a switch flipped in February, and I was ready to go. I like to take the offseason and take my time, but right now, I don’t know if I’ve dribbled my last ball on the court.

Parker is set to become a free agent, but according to Dietsch, Parker will likely only play for Chicago or Los Angeles. During her interview, CP3 spoke about her future in the WNBA, the recently announced documentary about her life, Brittney Griner, and her broadcasting career.

Over her 16-year tenure, Parker has accomplished a Hall-of-Fame career. She’s a two-time champ, 2016 Finals MVP, two-time MVP, 2020 Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Olympic gold medalist, 2008 Rookie of the Year, seven-time All-Star, seven-time All-WNBA selection, five-time All-Defensive pick, and a member of the 20th and 25th WNBA anniversary team.