This season, Parker has served as something like an extra coach, said the Sparks rookie guard Te’a Cooper. “She helps everyone,” Cooper said. “She’s talking, she’s giving everything she’s got on the floor. She’s rebounding, assisting points, she’s doing everything.”
Brian Agler, who coached Parker for four years in Los Angeles, including the team’s 2016 championship season, said Parker was “easily in the top five of the most skilled players to ever play in the W.N.B.A.”
“She has her critics, she has her detractors, but one this talented and accomplished will always have that,” said Agler, who now coaches the Dallas Wings. “It’s a badge of honor!”
Sparks guard Chelsea Gray, one of Parker’s closest friends, has been calling Parker “Year 13” to challenge her to continue excelling in her 13th season.
“There’s always that saying of you want to leave the game better than you found it, and I think she’s done that with how she plays the game,” Gray said.
Even with as much as she’s doing for the Sparks, Parker is doing more off the court.
Parker also works as a basketball analyst on TNT and enjoys her favorite role — mom to 11-year-old daughter, Lailaa, who is in the bubble with her. They play board games, watch TV and paint — what they would be doing at home in Los Angeles, Parker said, “minus the L.A. traffic.”