WNBA superstar Candace Parker made history this week, becoming the first female basketball player to grace the cover of NBA 2K.
“Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in the history of NBA 2K,” Parker wrote. “I’m honored to work with a company that’s investing in women and betting on us to succeed. I’m hopeful there will be many more badass females to follow.”
Parker, who became a professional basketball player in 2008, has won a WNBA title, WNBA MVP and has made the All-Star Game six times over the course of the career. She’s undoubtedly one of the best players of her generation.
When it was announced that Parker will be on the cover of NBA 2K22, Shaquille O’Neal let out tears of joy. He was obviously excited for Parker, which makes sense because they’ve developed a strong working relationship at TNT.
A video of Shaq crying was released by ‘The Big Podcast with Shaq.’ It was pretty cool to see O’Neal get emotional over this announcement.
Shaq's reaction to finding out that Candace is on the cover of @NBA2K 🤣
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 14, 2021
“Get out of here, Shaq” Parker jokingly said after she saw O’Neal wipe his tears with a tissue.
Parker is hopeful that this decision by NBA 2K will benefit women’s basketball moving forward in a major way.
“I think it’s a benchmark of women’s basketball for sure. I think most importantly it speaks to visibility and how important it is and how important the WNBA is,” Parker said, via ESPN. “Everyone is looking at it that it’s impacting little girls, but it’s also impacting little boys and young men and young women and men and women. I think our game is different than the NBA; now it’s embracing that fact. Now more than ever, fans want to follow the athlete. Through social media, through video games, it’s adding and benefiting the WNBA.”
Congratulations to Candace Parker on this incredible achievement.