The Chicago Sky made waves by landing Candace Parker this offseason as the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA draft opted to continue her career in the Windy City.
The forward/center has made an impact right away, leading the Sky to a 10-10 record which is fifth-best in the league. But as she prepares to play in the WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, she received some good news earlier on Wednesday.
Parker was named a cover athlete for the WNBA 25th anniversary special edition of NBA 2K22 which is set to release on September 10th. Check out the cover:
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
The former WNBA MVP becomes the first female athlete to make it on the cover of an NBA 2K game, marking a milestone that she’s proud about.
I think it’s a benchmark of women’s basketball for sure,” Parker told the Associated Press about her NBA 2K opportunity. “I think most importantly it speaks to visibility and how important it is and how important the WNBA is…Now more than ever, fans want to follow the athlete. Through social media, through video games, it’s adding and benefiting the WNBA.”
The game will release on September 10th with the Standard Edition of NBA 2K22 will cost $69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and $59.99 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Anyone who wants to play the game across both generations on either PlayStation or Xbox will have to pony up for the $79.99 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle.