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  • The six-time All-Star will be featured on a special edition of NBA 2K22 in honor of the WNBA’s 25th season.
  • The cover shows the Chicago Sky star shooting a layup over a background of her team’s colors.
  • Parker, 35, has played in the WNBA since 2008.

Two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker will be the first female basketball player to grace the cover of the newest edition of popular video game NBA 2K when it hits shelves Sept. 10, the company announced Wednesday. 

The six-time All-Star will be featured on a special edition of NBA 2K22 — in honor of the WNBA’s 25th season — that will be sold exclusively at video game retailer GameStop. 

The cover shows the Chicago Sky star shooting a layup over a background of her team’s colors. 


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“The cover of NBA 2K is such a pivotal platform to inspire young ballers, and I wanted future WNBA stars to know that they can be cover athletes too,” Parker said in a statement

“Representation matters, so this is a special moment of progress for the sport and the series. To be part of this historic cover is a testament to the growth and rising popularity of the women’s game, and I’m proud to be the first female cover athlete to be the face of NBA 2K,” she added. 

Parker, 35, has played in the WNBA since 2008 and is currently in her first season with the Chicago Sky after spending most of her career with the Los Angeles Sparks, where she won a championship in 2016. 


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Published on Jul 14, 2021