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Ticha Penicheiro is A LA Spark

What’s up LOS ANGELES SPARKS FANS…we officially have a new point guard on the team, her name is Ticha Penicheiro .Former Sacramento Monarchs point guard, has just signed with the Sparks. Here is her tweet:

TichaPenicheiro:Ok, enough…I have tortured you guys enough!! I’ll be a SPARK!! Hopefully, literally!! 😉 I’m excited!! Thank you for your support!!

I personally asked Ticha about two weeks ago where she thought she might go, and if LA was an option, and she responded by saying: “Wow 2 be on a team w/ gr8 players like TT,CP3, DMJ, &BL would be a point guard dream!”

So people holla at me and tell me what you think about this move by our beloved Sparks. Instead of her, creating havoc against us, she is now on our team. I personally think it’s a great look.

Check out Slam Magazine’s article MOST UNDERRATED WNBA PLAYER

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Posted by on February 3, 2010 in CANDACE, L.A. Sparks, Parker, penicheiro, ticha

 

Check out Candace Parker Live 1/29/10 w/ her baby Lailaa

Check out WNBA star Candace Parker with her baby girl Lailaa Nicole.Superwoman…she is over in Russia playing basketball,and has her daughter with her. Her husband Shelden Williams plays for the (excuse me Laker fam) the Boston Celtics…well everything can’t be perfect..lol. Naw I love you Shelden, and Candace is a former Lady Vol..so you know how I feel about that!

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in CANDACE, L.A. Sparks, Parker, Shelden, williams

 

CANDACE PARKER LIVE 10/25/09

 
 

Candace Parker Injures Shoulder (Again)

Candace Parker

Talk about the injury to your shoulder.
I just went up for a rebound and came down and it kind of popped out. Right now it’s feeling good, but we’ll go back (to the hotel) and do treatment and reevaluate from there. It’s happened numerous times before.

You got off to a great start. The U.S. seems to have so many different options inside.
I was really proud of Tina Charles, I thought she did a great job tonight battling. Sylvia was big as always, she’s always big for us. Asjha Jones came in and did well as well as Candice Dupree, Crystal Langhorne, so te list goes on. We’re very strong at the four position and we’re able to run up and down the floor with anybody. We’re big, we’re talented, we’re athletic, we’re long and I think we did a great job tonight. Coach mentioned we need to rebound a lot better, but it was our first game so we’ll improve there.

How much does it help to have a veteran like Sue Bird getting the ball to the post players in the right spots?
It does, it helps a lot to have her a point guard as a leader. I think she really understands the game and really has an effect on the court, she’s like a coach on the court, she understands where the ball needs to go.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2009 in CANDACE, charles, geno, Parker, Tina, uconn, USA

 

Candace Parker Back To Form

 
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Team USA member Candace Parker says she's back to form after giving birth.
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Team USA member Candace Parker says she’s back to form after giving birth.

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WASHINGTON — There was good news from Candace Parker after her fourth day in camp Monday with the U.S. women’s national basketball team.
“From a player standpoint, I feel like I’m back,” said the 6-4 guard-forward-center, who led Tennessee to two NCAA titles and was a key player for the 2008 Olympic team that won gold in Beijing.
Parker gave birth to a daughter May 13 and by July was playing for the Los Angeles Sparks, averaging 13.1 points during the regular season and 18 in the playoffs. Now she’s part of a 13-player U.S. national team headed to Ekaterinburg, Russia, for a Friday-Sunday tournament.
“I feel like I’m back to where I was,” says Parker. “If anyone sits and doesn’t play 5-on-5 basketball for nine months, they’d be rusty regardless of what my body went through to have the baby. Obviously there was some rust from that. Obviously, I needed to get my body back to where it was. There were timing issues, rhythm.”
Parker’s weight problem is keeping pounds on. She’s at 175, down five to seven pounds from last year.
“Nursing will do that to you while playing,” said Parker, 23, married to Shelden Williams of the Boston Celtics.
Parker feels she can be stronger than ever and not just because she plans to spend a lot of the offseason in the weight room: “I’m a lot healthier. I’m eating better because I’m eating for two. The vitamins and all the stuff I’m taking — pre-natal pills, iron, calcium — had made my body feel healthier. I eat less fried food.
“Giving birth has made a difference in more ways than one. It changed my life and changed the way I look at my body and what I need to do to help it perform at the highest level.”
Parker is bringing daughter, Lailaa, 5 months, to Russia and will get child-care help from her mother.
“It’s tough,” said Parker of combining the newborn and international team travel. “Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with a very good baby. She is so just ‘go with the flow’.”
Team roster: Parker is part of a 13-player roster, named after a six-day camp in Washington, D.C., ended Monday, that will play a Friday-Sunday tournament in Ekaterinburg against European club teams. The event is the first step in the buildup to the 2010 world championships and 2012 Olympics for national coach Geno Auriemma, who also has coached Connecticut to seven NCAA titles.
Thirteen players are making the trip. The only healthy available player in the 19-player camp not going is UConn junior Maya Moore, who told USA Basketball beforehand she would not be traveling because of class commitments.
The team: Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Seattle), Tina Charles (Univ. of Connecticut), Shameka Christon (NY Liberty), Candice Dupree (Chicago Sky), Sylvia Fowles (Chicago), Lindsey Harding (Washington Mystics), Asjha Jones (Connecticut Sun), Crystal Langhorne (Washington), Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream), Renee Montgomery (Minnesota Lynx), Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Candice Wiggins (Minnesota).
Also in the national team pool but currently injured: Jayne Appel (knee), Stanford; Seimone Augustus (knee), Minnesota Lynx; Alana Beard (ankle), Washington Mystics; Kara Lawson (quadriceps tendinits), Sacramento Monarchs; Lindsay Whalen (eye), (Connecticut Sun).
Four players were unavailable because of their participation in the WNBA finals: Cappie Pondexter, Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury; Tamika Catchings, Ebony Hoffman, Indiana Fever.
The 23-player national pool includes eight 2008 gold medalists: Parker, Augustus, Bird, Catchings, Fowles, Lawson, Pondexter and Taurasi.
 
 

Candace Parker Makes It To USA Training Camp

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
How does it feel to be back with the USA National Team
It feels great to be back out here. Obviously I’m excited. It’s weird to think that four years ago I was just starting with USA Basketball on the National Team level. It’s always good to get a head start, I’m excited. I think we’re doing really well in training camp. I’m looking forward to it.

On playing without the recently retired USA Basketball veterans:
It’s weird they’re not here. Lisa texted me on the bus ride. I told her I missed her. It’s weird, especially with me playing with her in LA and USA Basketball, it’s weird not to have her here. But I think that every good thing has to come to an end for something else to start. That’s what we’re doing, we’re going for our fifth Olympic gold medal in a row and I think it’s a good start.

On some of the younger players:
There are a lot of young players here who have done well with this being their first training camp. I think Tina Charles has done a remarkable job. She’s had great practices, as well as Maya Moore. Other players who have been here have done well also. Crystal Langhorne, she’s my age and has been here before, she’s played well. I’m excited about where this is headed.

On playing for Geno:
It’s great. You know, everybody hears about the rivalries of Tennessee and Connecticut, but when we come here everybody puts away those jerseys and puts on a USA Basketball jersey and plays on the same team. I’ve learned a lot just in the two days I’ve been here, from him and his coaching staff. It’s a great way and direction that USA Basketball went.

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Posted by on October 4, 2009 in basketball, CANDACE, fiba, USA

 

Los Angeles Sparks vs Phoenix Mercury WNBA WCF

SparksNation stand up! The L.A. Sparks are one series away from the promise land. This time the road to the finals run through the “desert” and believe me the Mercury are thirsty. Even though they are only a year removed from the championship, the 3 headed monster of Diana Taurasi, Cappie Poindexter, and Penny Taylor are in desperate search of that opportunity again. They have one problem, for the land of sun, beaches and pool parties, the Sparks are more thirsty than they are. It’s been 7 long years since a championship came to the L.A. basketball community and coincidentally, the last time the Lakers won a championship, so did the Sparks! The Lakers with a three-peat, and the Sparks making it a back to back championship celebration. So if history repeats itself, there is about to be another celebration in L.A., this time for the Sparks.

It’s only fitting that the “Queen” of the WNBA and USA basketball(which doesn’t get enough shine in my opinion) finish her career holding that WNBA trophy. And this is the year to do it. I think a lot of us are so caught up in the fact that this is Lisa’s last year (as we should) that we are forgetting that with another Sparks title, Tina Thompson will have an unprecedented 5 WNBA titles, which is the most of any WNBA player, active or retired. Now that’s putting in work. Had she been our “6th woman”, she would have had that award this year as well. What I’m loving most, is watching this team play with everyone healthy. With this entire team intact, the Sparks have lost only 3 games (?) including the playoffs.

The challenge against this Mercury team is not about our DEFENSE, yea you read right, the challenge is us scoring against the ZONE! Since the beginning of the season the Sparks have yet to figure out how to score against an opponents zone. In the first game of the season versus Detroit, the Sparks came out and began to destroy the Shock (the Shock was playing one on one..lol) and then the dreaded zone came out, and it was turnover after turnover. We have a zone buster and her name is Noelle Quinn. Noelle is the starting point guard w/ the four olympians, they are going to leave her open and she needs to hit the shots. One thing is for sure, they will double Candace and Lisa down low, which it’s funny because Tina Thompson can lead this team in scoring on any given night. Delisha Milton Jones needs to begin and end this series as D Nasty. DMJ is like Lisa’s little sister, who loves to “take over” Lisa’s fights for her…lol.You would have noticed that during the regular season when Lisa was out and we were battling the Storm. DMJ and Lauren Jackson stayed into it. She is like the Dennis Rodman on the team.
We can allow Cappie all the shots she wants, but you must not allow Tangela Smith, Dewanna Bonner, or Tameka Johnson to beat you. Tameka did damage against us during the regular season, so we must make her a non factor. Anytime they have her matched up against Noelle Quinn, I would take her to the block, and force them to help, leaving an olympian open…yea I like those odds..lol. Betty Lennox is and should have a field day if she can play under control versus Cappie. I say that because Cappie is a scoring machine, but she is known to get into foul trouble as well. We will be watching the two best two guards teh league has to offer. It will be like watching Kobe and Ray Allen on the court.
But when it’s all said and done, I expect the LA Sparks to be marching into the finals. Candace Parker will be leading the Sparks in scoring and rebounding. (The woman is simply the best) Everyone can see she got her “swagger” back. Now if I can see that “R U Serious” face R U Serious 1:15 it wil all be complete. Go ahead Candace, all the veterans are on your team, so show no mercy to the opponent.
Will Candace get to play against Detroit after all this season? It may not be as bad, seeing that Pierson is out with a shoulder injury, but they are certainly plenty of storylines their and the media will have a field day. The road to the championship will not be easy, but it will BE!
 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in CANDACE, cappie, diana, L.A. Sparks, mercury, phoenix, taurasi

 
 
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