words // Brandon Richard
Last June, Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker’s WNBA season came to an abrupt end when she suffered a dislocated left shoulder in a game against the Minnesota Lynx. She got back on the court in Russia prior to this WNBA season, but finally returned to the Sparks on Friday night in the season opener, ironically against the Lynx.
Anybody waiting for signs of rust is probably still waiting. Playing much like the Candace everybody remembered prior to the injury, she covered multiple positions, created plays for her teammates and posted a double-double in an 82-74 comeback victory for the Sparks. Candace also made a strong defensive contribution, recording three blocked shots and a steal.
“I was extremely emotional before the game because it’s been almost a year since I’ve been able to run through that tunnel and run onto that floor,” Parker told ESPN. “I was excited to get out there, a little nervous. It was so much fun to be back there on the floor with my teammates.”
While a lot of the night’s focus was placed on the debut of Lynx rookie Maya Moore and her first game as a member of the Jordan Brand, Candace had a significant night for women’s sneakers as well. In Friday night’s game, she debuted the second of her signature adidas basketball shoes, the ACE Versatility. The new model, which she wore in a White/Yellow PE colorway, is equipped with CLIMACOOL and adiPRENE technology and features a functional and removable midfoot cross-strap.
Click here for a closer look at the ACE Versatility in White/Purple. They will be available at Eastbay later this summer.
images via ESPN
The WNBA won’t be back in action for another four months, but when the 2011 season begins with the Los Angeles Sparks taking on the Minnesota Lynx on June 3rd, superstar Candace Parker will look to lead Los Angeles back to the top of the league. Last season, Candace was set back by a shoulder injury, but in just the 10 games played, she showed how her game and leadership has matured, averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Candace is currently overseas playing for UMMC Ekaterinburg, keeping her game up and preparing to add another championship title, this time at the elusive professional level, to her collection that already includes a 2008 Gold Medal and two NCAA Championships.
The 24-year-old Parker will take to the court in her latest signature model from adidas Basketball, the adidas Ace Versatility. The new signature model will come in this Regal Purple and Collegiate Gold Sparks colorway. The Ace Versatility comes equipped with adidas’ CLIMACOOL and adiPRENE technologies and a fully functional midfoot strap for optimum lockdown. The midfoot strap is also interchangeable, giving you the ability to switch up the color combination for a new look.
Look for these on the feet of Candace Parker when the WNBA kicks off this summer.
Candace Parker’s signature model the adidas TS Ace Commander released earlier this season in Los Angeles Sparks appropriate purple and gold accents and even showed up in some international play during the FIBA World Championships. Though Parker took an early exit this season, the Sparks team has continued to roll right into the WNBA Playoffs, and her signature adidas have recently returned in the form of team colorways that can be pre-ordered now.
Available for pre-order now: adidas TS Ace Commander
The list of players to receive signature shoes in the WNBA is fairly short. One player who is unquestionably deserving is Candace Parker, who won both the WNBA Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in 2008. Although the Los Angeles Sparks are off to rough start (0-3), Parker has been playing at MVP levels again, averaging over 15 points and 11 rebounds per game through the first three games.
Parker’s adidas TS Ace Commander is now available in the Sparks purple and gold, complete with Sparks inspired graphics. For those that are not Los Angeles fans, check out the black and light blue colorway below.
Available now: adidas TS Ace Commander