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Candace Parker on winning the WNBA Championship in her hometown Chicago

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Kahleah Copper #2, Candace Parker #3 and Stefanie Dolson #31 of the Chicago Sky walk to the bench during the first half in Game Two of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center on October 13, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With their victory over the Phoenix Mercury, the Chicago Sky captured their first-ever WNBA championship. Led by Finals MVP Kahleah Copper, the Sky prevailed en route to the team’s most outstanding achievement.

Another key member of the newly minted champions, Chicago native Candace Parker, recently opened up on what it meant to bring a championship to her hometown.

“It means so much. When you’re able to start playing basketball someplace and then be able to come back home as an adult, bring your child back home to where you started playing the game and win a title, it’s honestly more than I could ever dream, playing in front of my family and friends who were there when I first picked up the ball.”

Candace Parker

Parker also opened up about what this latest victory means in comparison to her first championship. She cited satisfaction with knowing that she could win it all a second time. She felt that a second title cemented her as the accomplished athlete that she has become.

The Sky went through the wringer in their run to glory. As the sixth seed, they had to play their way through the entire bracket. They triumphed over the Dallas Wings and Minnesota Lynx in single-game elimination matches. They then took out the top-seeded Connecticut Sun before defeating the Mercury in the FInals.

Candace Parker’s WNBA career

Selected first overall in the 2008 WNBA draft, Candace Parker had much promise to live up to. She made her presence known immediately, as Parker dominated in her rookie campaign earning her league MVP honors. She would win the award again five years later, making her the fifth to win WNBA MVP twice.

Though evidently dominant, a championship had eluded her until 2016, when she led the Los Angeles Sparks to their first title since 2002. With this latest title win in Chicago, Parker has further cemented herself in WNBA history. The Sky’s championship win marks the city’s first basketball title victory since their NBA counterpart did so in 1998.

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