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In returning home, Candace Parker, the WNBA star out of Naperville Central, will host a basketball clinic on Dec. 13 at the Bulls/Sox Academy in Lisle. It is open to girls ages 8-18. For more information, click here or call 630-324-8238.

It hasn't happened since their middle-school AAU days, but Candace Parker and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton may become teammates once again. At least according to this WNBA mock draft analysis.

Brian Martin of WNBA.com speculates Wisdom-Hylton will be selected by the Los Angeles Sparks with the final pick of the first round. Parker was the overall No. 1 pick last season by the Sparks, and went on to win MVP and Rookie of the Year honors.

Wisdom-Hylton is among the 15 players invited to attend the WNBA Draft on Thursday in New Jersey. Several observers believe she could be picked in the middle of the first round. But should she slip to the second round, Wisdom-Hylton could end up with the hometown Sky, which has the 16th overall pick.

This year's first round begins at 2 p.m. and is televised on ESPN2. Coverage switches to ESPNU at 3 p.m. for the remaining two rounds.

Candace Parker, who is set to become a mother in a few months, told The New York Times that she plans to play this season in Los Angeles.

"My whole career has been trying to please people in basketball," Parker, a 22-year-old newlywed, said Friday in a telephone interview. "Now it's time to please myself." She added, "For me, family has always come first."

Parker, who was married in November to her longtime boyfriend, Sacramento Kings forward Shelden Williams, is due in the spring. The W.N.B.A. season starts in June and runs through September.

"I'm very stubborn," she said. "I feel like I'm going to play this season."

Shelden Williams sat out Sunday's game in Toronto with a strained left wrist, meaning the Kings power forward didn't play against Anthony Parker, his brother-in-law. That didn't stop Raptors forward Kris Humphries - nursing his own fractured right fibula - from messing with his teammate and sounding a bit like Lloyd Christmas. The Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk does a nice job of setting the scene here:

In these long-season dog days, harmless locker-room nonsense is perhaps essential. Humphries, to that end, asked Anthony Parker, the Raptors shooting guard, about Parker's famous basketball-star sister.

"Did Candace pass any messages on for me?" he wondered.

"She did say she hopes you get better," said Anthony Parker.

Said Humphries, smiling: "So, I still have a chance?"

He was speaking of romance jokingly, one assumes, although with Humphries you're never quite sure if the tongue is knowingly inserted in the cheek. Either way, the jokester was informed that Candace is married to Kings forward Sheldon Williams and expecting the couple's first child. Humphries let out a dramatic sigh.

Anthony Parker shook his head: "Only Hump."

The Sacramento Bee recently caught up with Raptors guard Anthony Parker and the Naperville Central graduate deftly handled this Q&A session. The Bulls are in Toronto Wednesday night, and the Raptors visit the United Center on Jan. 23. Until then, check out the beginning of Scott Howard-Cooper's piece:

How often do you get asked about your sister Candace Parker and your brother- in-law Shelden Williams?
Often. Especially the day that we play Shelden in basketball. But it's fun, though. I enjoy it.
You don't get sick of being asked about your relatives, especially your sister? It's one thing to have a brother-in-law in the NBA. But do you get a lot of people throwing the Candace Parker card in your face in an unflattering way?
Occasionally you hear that, when you're visiting other arenas. ... But it's fun. It doesn't get to me like maybe people think it would.
What do you hear most often?
"Your sister's better than you."
Not very original.
No. It's the same thing every time.
What does she say about all this? Does she feel bad?
No. ... We joke, and we laugh about it. That's where it ends.

Along with three other female U.S. Olympic stars, Candace Parker will be saluted today at The Breeders' Cup in California.

Misty May-Treanor, a two-time gold medalist in volleyball, and two members of the silver medal-winning softball team, Jennie Finch and Crystal Bustos, will accompany the gold-medal winning Parker (who currently doubles as the WNBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player).

But that's not the real story, just the hook. I mean, it did happen, but Candace Parker's shoe hitting a fan in the head while an adoring crowd fumbled the catch isn't the point.

Read the full story about a young girl's desire to receive a pair of Parker's shoes for her 14th birthday.

CP3MVP.jpg...much is expected."

Candace Parker has uttered that motto for quite some time, and now you can too. Only you won't have to if you buy the T-shirt, because it will do all the speaking for you.

Again:

"To whom much is given, much is expected."

There's no doubt that a lot of expectations have been placed on Parker's sturdy shoulders, but with the help of her family and close friends (and her own intellect), Parker has found ways to put things in perspective.

Because of her tremendous talent on the hardwood, Parker has received a lot in life. But along the way, she's never forgotten what's expected of her as a person.

The two-time NCAA Tournament champion, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and WNBA Most Valuable Player/Rookie of the Year is one of the good ones.

Having said that, not everybody can get away with wearing orange. You'll just have to memorize the mantra instead of wearing it.

When the Los Angeles Sparks lost Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals a week ago today, Candace Parker missed a chance to accomplish basketball's Triple Crown.

The feat goes to the person who wins an NCAA Championship, U.S. Gold medal and WNBA Championship in successive seasons. Nobody has ever done it; Parker managed two of the three requirements.

So how does this compare to Major League Baseball's Triple Crown, attained by a hitter who at season's end leads the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs?

Given the infrequency of the Olympics, I contend that basketball's TC is much more difficult to manage than baseball's. What do you think?

Check out this video of Candace Parker, following her first game in Beijing.

Seems liks she left room for improvement in her postgame eval. What do you think of her performance in the win?

In addition to recently playing hoops in a driveway in Mississippi, Naperville Central alumnus Anthony Parker defended the actions of his sister Candace Parker during the scrape with the Shock in this interview with the National Post.

If you are suffering from burnout on this story, hang with us, Anthony's comments are on point and worth a look.

"I think, for one thing, if most people put themselves in that situation, they might react the same way," the Toronto Raptors guard said Thursday. "A lot of talk was saying that she took the bait or whatever, and I don't see it like that. I think taking the bait is if somebody elbows you or yells at you, and you react. I think she was in a situation where she had to defend [herself]."

p.s. Since AP is out there playing hoops with civilians, his right hand must be feeling good after his surgery in May.

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