Candace Parker is coming to Tennessee to win the grand marshal title
WNBA champion and former Lady Vol Candice Parker was honored as the grand marshal of the homecoming parade.
Cora Hall, Knoxville News Sentinel
Candice Parker shares an intimate look at her life in an upcoming documentary released Thursday by ESPN Films.
The film about the Tennessee Lady Vols great and two-time WNBA champion was made last year and will be released under the new W. Sports brand. He shares personal moments with Parker and his family and moments on the court with Parker’s hometown Chicago Sky. Fans will get to see a different side of Parker who has done everything possible in his career – on and off the court.
“I’m excited to give people a unique inside look at how I balance my life on and off the court,” Parker said in a press release. “I am thrilled to be the subject of the first feature-length documentary produced by W. Studios.”
Parker and his wife, Anya, welcomed their first son this February: Air Larry Petrakov Parker. He adopted Parker’s 13-year-old daughter Laylaa Williams as a sister.
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After helping lead the Sky to the 2021 WNBA title, Parker led them to the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and semifinals.
“I’ve been able to do everything I’ve done on the court because of how my family has inspired me,” Parker wrote on Instagram. “This film shows me balancing both worlds.”
W. Studios launched in May as an expansion of espnW. It focuses on promoting women and women’s narratives, and Parker’s documentary was directed by Joey Jacoby. Parker’s production company, Baby Hair Productions, and Film 45 helped produce the documentary. Baby Hair Productions’ first project was Parker’s Title IX documentary, which was released in April. The new documentary has no title or release date yet.
“We rarely see people outside of sports when we talk about athletics,” said Marsha Cook, vice president and executive producer of ESPN Films and 30 for 30. “Candice is a very talented athlete, but she’s also a wife and mother, and with the film’s verité style, we we get a real look at his life outside of basketball.
“She’s the perfect subject for W. Studios to create our first feature film, where we’re empowering women’s stories. I can’t wait for audiences to see it.”
Parker currently serves as an NBA studio analyst for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on TNT, NBA TV and Turner Sports. He recently made his debut as an NBA color commentator, joining Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller in the booth.
The 15-year vet will be a free agent this offseason after two seasons with the Sky. There have been questions about Parker’s retirement, but the seven-time WNBA All-Star said she “doesn’t cheat the game.”