Candace Parker Balances Life as Basketball Star & Full-Time Single Mom
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WNBA star Candace Parker powers her way through a busy schedule. She plays for the Los Angeles Sparks, she’s a studio analyst for Turner Sports’ NBA coverage and CBS Sports’ NCAA Tournament coverage, and she’s a mom.

She handles them all like a pro.

It’s one of the best qualities about the Sparks star. She can make the best of any situation. Even a divorce.

Candace Parker’s Ex-Husband Shelden Williams

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Shelden Williams was a star at Duke alongside J.J. Redick from 2002-2006. He was the fifth overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2006 NBA Draft. The frontcourt player was a journeymen, playing for the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, and New Jersey Nets in addition to the Hawks. He last played in the NBA in 2012 before playing in France and later in China.

Parker, a University of Tennessee all-time great, and Williams got hitched on November 13, 2008. In May 2009, the couple welcomed daughter Lailaa Nicole Williams to the family.

They were together until November 2016, when Williams filed for divorce. According to TMZ Sports, the former NBA player cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reasoning.

The two settled for a one-time alimony payment of $400,000, a split of the profits from the sale of their Encino, California home, and joint custody of their then 8-year-old daughter.


The lump sum alimony payment refutes Parker from making ongoing spousal support payments.  Parker nor Williams will have to make child support payments. They both pledged to equally fund her education.

Lailaa is a frequent guest on her mom’s Instagram. It’s easy to see how proud Candace is of her.

As for Parker’s playing career, it hasn’t missed a beat. The professional basketball player is a WNBA champion, WNBA Finals MVP, two-time WNBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time WNBA All-Star, and a straight-up baller.


Most recently, Parker was named 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. In the playoffs, Parker’s Sparks fell to the Connecticut Suns in the second round.

Parker’s duties as a studio analyst keeps her involved with the game she loves in a different capacity, but the quality time spent with her daughter takes the cake as her favorite offseason activity.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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