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Candace Parker takes a new job with Adidas after retiring from a 16-year WNBA career

Candace Parker takes a new job with Adidas after retiring from a 16-year WNBA career

Candace Parker has a new job as president of women’s basketball at Adidas.

The three-time WNBA champion announced her retirement on April 28 after 16 seasons.

On Wednesday, Adidas announced that Parker will help create a platform “focused on influencing and improving the future of women’s sports.” She will also oversee the brand’s women’s basketball products.

“Stepping into this new leadership role is a deeply personal next step in my journey at Adidas,” she said in a statement. “It’s not just about products; it’s about fostering a movement focused on innovation, representation and access.”

Parker will also play a role in building on the brand’s roster of female players, including Aliyah Boston, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike.

“We are confident that she will be a perfect fit to evolve the Adidas women’s basketball business and catalyze a new era of growth and credibility for the brand,” Eric Wise, global general manager of Adidas Basketball, said in a statement.

Parker, 38, was dealing with a foot injury that kept her off the field last season and she decided to retire because she didn’t want to cheat the game or herself.

Parker played her first thirteen seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Sparks, establishing her dominance early as a No. 1 pick who won Rookie of the Year and League MVP in the same season. Parker was the only WNBA player to accomplish the feat, averaging 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

She earned her second MVP award in 2013 and won her first title in 2016 with the Sparks. She would win a second title with her hometown Chicago Sky in 2021 and a third last season with the Las Vegas Aces.