WNBA legend Candace Parker is the first female cover athlete to be the face of NBA 2K. The Chicago Sky veteran will feature on the game’s “GameStop Exclusive” for the WNBA’s 25th Anniversary Special Edition.
Candace Parker is one of the greatest WNBA players ever. The Chicago Sky forward is a 6-time All-Star, 2-time MVP, WNBA champ, WNBA Finals MVP, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, and now is the only female player ever, to be the cover athlete of the popular game NBA 2K.
Yes, you read that right. For the first time in their history, 2K Games announced that a woman would be one of the faces of their new NBA 2K22. And this honour was given to long-time WNBA legend Candace Parker, who will feature on the “GameStop Exclusive” game’s cover of the WNBA’s 25th Anniversary Special Edition.
Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in the history of @NBA2K
I’m honored to work with a company that’s investing in women and betting on us to succeed. I’m hopeful there will be many more badass females to follow 💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/WJan4YE7Qt
— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) July 14, 2021
Playing the NBA 2K video game is almost every hoopers favourite pastime. And being the cover athlete of the game is everyone’s dream. Moments after the cover athletes were announced, Parker revealed how much this honour meant to her.
“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. 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.”
NBA Twitter reacts to Candace Parker being named the cover athlete of NBA 2K22
NBA Twitter went crazy as soon as Parker was announced as one of the five cover athletes for the game. She shared the honour with Luka Doncic– cover of “Standard Edition” and “Cross-Gen Digital Bundle”, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant– cover of “NBA 75th Anniversary Edition”.
This is about to be the best 2k ever!!!
— Depressed wizard fan (@bernard_dat) July 14, 2021
Game is already off to a wrong start
— COOKSZN (@Polarbearkicks) July 14, 2021
Ew! Why tf is a WNBA player on an NBA 2K cover? The WNBA should go get their own damn game instead but when you think about, nobody would even buy it so that’s why they have to feature the WNBA in an NBA 2K game 🤦♂️
— Raziel Rivera (@razielr1214) July 14, 2021
Thank You! my daughter loves 2k when she sees you.. a female baller (WNBA) on the cover of 2K her confidence and happiness will be so much. She has asked me “dad do you think they will let me play in the NBA?”
— Jacob Caldwell (@CoachJacob206) July 14, 2021
The WNBA has never turned a profit in its existence and averages 10 million + in losses a year….but hey…cool cover!?!?!
— Chris Crohan (@ChrisCrohan1) July 14, 2021
Having a female cover athlete will definitely be one of the most memorable moments in the game’s history.