Candace Parker is on the mend—optimistic as ever. "I'm coming back," she says. In her first full basketball workout after her recent knee and shoulder surgeries, she goes right to the court. Former Los Angeles Sparks and current USC head coach Michael Cooper, who conducted the workout, first had Parker working on her shooting form, but then made sure she got in her reps.
Candace's Shooting Sequence:
- One-handed shooting underneath the basket (working further out)
- Catch-and-shoot from foul line
- Baseline-to-elbow catch-and-shoot; elbow-to-baseline catch-and-shoot
- Underneath basket to high post catch-and-shoot (with chairs to mark defenders)
- Pick up basketball from block, one dribble and lay-in
- Catch-and-shoot from wings, stepping in from beyond the arc
- Dribble-weave around three chairs from half-court, pull up and shoot
- Defensive slides; catch-and-shoot
After sustaining her initial shoulder injury at Tennessee, Parker rocked 2008, her first year in the WNBA—averaging 18.5 ppg and 9.5 rebounds, and winning both the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards. The next year came and went with Parker playing only 25 games due to pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, Lailaa. And while she prepared herself more than ever for the 2010 season [Parker shared her off-season training regimen with STACK], she was rendered out for the season only 10 games in due to an injury (but still averaged 20.6 ppg and 10.1 boards).
Despite her setbacks, the best of Candace Parker is hopefully yet to come. In the video above, she discusses her desire to win a WNBA Championship—and since that goal is still unattained, how it drives her to be back at the top of her game, one workout at a time.
Source: wnba.com, facebook.com
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