Candace Parker said her teammate promised to score on the final play to help the WNBA icon bag a triple-double
Candace Parkerrecorded her second career WNBAtriple-double against the Washington Mystics Sunday.
Chicago Skysuperstar secured the impressive feat on an assist with just 21 seconds remaining in the game.
Candace Parker joined elite company Sunday.
The two-time WNBA MVP and six-time All-Star secured her second-career
"To be in that company with Sloot, who does it on a regular basis and is gonna end her career probably leading the league in assists, and then Sheryl Swoopes [who] I grew up watching her play and just idolizing her," Parker said after the game. "So to be in that company, I'm humbled by it."
As it turns out, Vandersloot — known to many as "Sloot" — directly helped her superstar teammate reach the milestone as the clock wound down in Sunday's contest. The serial disher and "QB on the court," as Parker called the pass-first point guard, drew up a specific play for Chicago's final possession that would get Parker her final assist.
Then, Vandersloot promised Parker that she was "gonna make the layup."
"She was adamant about me getting my 10th assist," Parker said. "That's why I love this group; we play for one another, we get hyped for other's successes, and we celebrate it. I think that's huge."
"It means a lot to me, especially coming from her," she added, referring to Vandersloot. "I mean, she's had 18-assist triple-doubles, so this is just a small fry compared to her extra-extra-large-sized fry that she did in the playoffs last year."
The 6-foot-4 forward, who has hinted that she may end her career after this season, said it's extra meaningful to show other post players coming up in the league that they can succeed at facilitating plays and running the floor.
Parker cited this year's rookie class — specifically mentioning Mystics first-year center Shakira Austin — as one full of post players with remarkably multifaceted skillsets. She also name-dropped Seattle Storm superstar Breanna Stewart and Washington forward Elena Delle Donne as players who could potentially rack up several triple-doubles over the course of their careers.
"I was always the person who went to the park, and it was like 'Posts can dribble too?' and 'Posts can pass too?' I was that person," Parker said, adding: "But also I realize there are more that are coming behind me. I hope that coaches are watching that post players — point-forwards, that's what I like to call it — that's where it's at."
"I hope that the game is evolving," she continued. "I mean, we're seeing rookies now coming in... adding new parts. And I think that we're gonna see more and more triple-doubles, and we're gonna see bigger players [do it].... That's where I think the game is going."
"And we did it before the NBA too," Parker added with a smirk. "[Australian WNBA superstar] Lauren Jackson was here way before they were playing like that."
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