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Candace Parker Pioneers New Ground For Women In Sports Media

A behind the scenes look at WNBA legend and “Players Only” co-host Candace Parker as she blazes new trails for women in sports broadcasting.

Since becoming the first full-time woman on “Players Only” and a lead analyst for Turner Sports, Candace Parker’s celebrity and the respect for her basketball acumen has gone through the roof. 

We knew she was a passionate player, one of the greatest to ever grace the WNBA. Her championship and All-Star resume can stand against most NBA greats.

Being a part of the most popular NBA media platform in existence has allowed the hoops world to see Parker’s full personality and she is already a pioneering voice for women in sports broadcasting. She’ll also undoubtedly have a few more fans when she returns to the WNBA for another season.

On Tuesday night, @WNBA got an inside look at the LA Sparks star’s offseason role as a Turner analyst, joining her on-set in Atlanta for “Players Only”on TNT.  The show was launched in February of 2017 and showcases the game exclusively through the unique lens of the professional basketball player. 

https://twitter.com/WNBA/status/1100417418835492864

 

The night included a sit down interview as she got ready to go on air in which she talked about what sparked her broadcasting career: 

“To be a part of Turner, has been a goal of mine for a while” 🗣 @candaceparker talks joining @nbaontnt #PlayersOnly #CandaceAllAccess

4,639 Likes, 38 Comments – WNBA (@wnba) on Instagram: “”To be a part of Turner, has been a goal of mine for a while” 🗣 @candaceparker talks joining…”

Candace also gave a tour of the studio during a commercial break:

@candaceparker ➡️ #PlayersOnly set 🎥 Catch second game of tonight’s @nba double-header LIVE on @nbaontnt!

3,798 Likes, 15 Comments – WNBA (@wnba) on Instagram: “@candaceparker ➡️ #PlayersOnly set 🎥 Catch second game of tonight’s @nba double-header LIVE on…”

Here’s a look at some of the fun that happens off-camera at the studio with Shaq and Baron Davis: 

WNBA on Twitter

When you walk on to set and the jam session is in full swing 😂 #CandaceAllAccess #PlayersOnly @NBAonTNT @SHAQ @BaronDavis https://t.co/hOclA3iLIj

Parker’s wit, humor, confidence and basketball intelligence are a tremendous addition to the show and brings a much-needed element to the male-dominated production.

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