Former Tennessee Lady Vols basketball star Candace Parker is set to make broadcasting history. The WNBA veteran and all-time great basketball player will be one of the color commentators for this month’s NBA All-Star game.
Parker is the first woman to announce an NBA All-Star game broadcast.
“I’m a fan, first and foremost, of the NBA and especially the All-Star Game,” Parker told Sports Illustrated’s Howard Beck. “And so I think the fan of the game, and the childhood Candace is—I have to pinch myself to believe that I’m doing it, and that I’m able to have a courtside seat to see the best players in the world.”
While Parker is broadcasting her first NBA All-Star game but is no stranger to broadcasting. The two-time WNBA Champion is a regular on TNT’s award winning pregame show “Inside the NBA” and has been a regular on CBS’ March Madness studio shows for years.
In addition to her studio coverage, Parker has started doing limited color commentary on games in recent seasons.
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Parker’s playing career is extremely accomplished, earning seven First Team All-WNBA selections and three Second Team All-WNBA selections in her 15-year professional career.
The Illinois native has twice won WNBA Most Valuable Player honors and has led both the Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky to WNBA Championships. Parker is entering a new stage of her career after signing with the Las Vegas Aces this offseason.
At Tennessee, Parker put together an extremely storied career including a Naismith College Player of the Year award in addition to leading the Lady Vols to 2007 and 2008 National Championships.
The NBA All-Star is on Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City’s Vivent Arena.