What's Not To Like About Candy?

By Jeff Lippman - September 20, 2007


I'm sorry, but when Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are on the court for Team USA, I don't care how good Kevin Durant will be, he doesn't lead that team in scoring.

So when the women's version of Team USA, complete with the best WNBA players the country has to offer, defeated Australia 70-66 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut - of all places - it only makes sense that the current Tennessee Lady Vols star would take a back seat to more established players like former UConn star Sue Bird or WNBA stars Swin Cash and Tina Thompson.

Let's get one thing straight. Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Seimone Augustus are three of the greatest players in the history of women's basketball. Candace Parker will make you forget their names.

Parker scored a game-high 23 points in the close contest against the Australians, and also led the team with two blocked shots.

Playing on the team, attempting to make the final 12-person Senior National Team roster, with fellow collegians Candice Wiggins and Courtney Paris, it has been Parker who has shined the brightest - although Wiggins is no slouch, registering 21 points in the first of the two exhibitions with the Aussies.

And what you have to understand is, Parker does so much more for a team than does these other stars. Because Parker stands at 6-foot-4 with the handle and shooting touch of a guard and the inside ability to bang with any center in the nation, she is versatile beyond belief.

LeBron James is a good example, except he can't bang down low with Shaq. Kevin Garnett would be a decent indicator of her inside game, but he can't take the ball from the top of the key, make a sick ankle-breaking move and pull up for a 20-foot jumper.

Candace can.

The point is, that while the WNBA has had its stars in the past and women's basketball's popularity has grown leaps and bounds since the days before Taurasi and Bird, Candace Parker is just getting started on her path, just a junior at Tennessee, and the moral of the story is, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 10:21 AM on September 20, 2007
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"Let's get one thing straight. Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Seimone Augustus are three of the greatest players in the history of women's basketball. Candace Parker will make you forget their names".

This is an incredible comment...great writing... and it's so true! Well done.

Let the Candace Parker love-fest continue!

sorry but not even candace parker can make me forget Diana Taurasi's name and shame on you for implying she will and has! that was tacky. the greatest women's players and their names are never forgotten just because people like chamique, tamika, sue, diana, candace come along....pure tacky!

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