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
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.
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.
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I legit thank my lucky stars everyday for you. Your CONFIDENCE, SASS, your ability to light up a room when you walk in, your personality, even your tik toks 🙄,your smile, your kind words, you always just GET IT. I love our snuggles, cuddles, and I love how you always check to see if I’m watching whenever you do something great. Baby girl I’ll always be watching! Lailaa Nicole you are special. You are beautiful! #NationalDaughtersDayAdvertisement
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.