Candace Parker, Turner Sports reach multiyear extension
Parker to add Podcast co-hosting duties to NBA, NCAA analyst role
Turner Sports has reached a multiyear extension with Candace Parker, one of the most decorated women’s basketball players of all-time, who will continue making full-time contributions as an analyst and commentator for the NBA on TNT, NBA TV and NCAA Tournament coverage.
She will also co-host a new podcast alongside Kristen Ledlow that will debut this season. Parker initially joined Turner Sports as a basketball commentator for the 2018-19 NBA season and 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Parker, currently a member of the WNBA’s L.A. Sparks, will be an integral part of TNT’s NBA coverage, primarily as a studio analyst for the network’s Tuesday night telecasts. She will also contribute analysis for NBA TV studio shows, while continuing her role as studio analyst for Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ NCAA Tournament coverage.
“I’m so excited to be returning to Turner Sports to work alongside the best teammates in the world,” said Parker. “I look forward to building on my experiences and learning, working, growing and most importantly, laughing, while covering a game that I love dearly.”
“Candace has quickly become a standout voice for our NBA and NCAA coverage and we’re thrilled for her return in this expanded role,” said Tara August, SVP, Talent Services and Special Projects, Turner Sports / Bleacher Report. “Candace’s love for the game and unique abilities to share her insights in a way that resonates with today’s fan are special. We’re excited to see her shine across a growing number of shows and platforms.”
Parker was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008, following a championship career at the University of Tennessee, where she led the Lady Vols to consecutive NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008. During the 2008-09 WNBA season, she became the first player to earn WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season.
In 2016, Parker led the L.A. Sparks to a WNBA Championship, in which she was named WNBA Finals MVP. She was named WNBA All-Star Game MVP in 2013, along with being elected to six All-WNBA teams and five All-Star teams. Parker also led Team USA Women’s Basketball to back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games.