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.