Candace Parker, Shelden Williams Expecting First Child

01/08/2009 at 07:00 PM ET
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Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker and her husband, Sacramento Kings player Shelden Williams, are expecting their first child this spring. Candace — a former No. 1 draft pick and winner of MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 — will continue to work out in anticipation of the 2009 WNBA season, which begins in June. She adds,

“Shelden and I are very excited to be expanding our family. We feel blessed and look forward to becoming parents.”

Candace, 22, and Shelden, 25, were married in November.


Thanks to CBB readers Ellie, Kalisa, Tracie and Jennie.

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Hilary on

What wonderful news! Candace went to high school in my town (although I went to a different high school than the one she attended) and she graduated a year ahead of me, with some of my friends. It was big news when she was the number one recruit in the country and ended up going to Tennessee, but somehow I missed the news that she was drafted to LA. Congrats, Candace!

Emily on

Yay for them! They seem like really down to earth people. My MIL was Shelden’s kindergarten teacher and when his team came to our city, he sent her tickets. So nice!

Meredith on

Hilary, Candace also went to school in my town! Go Naperville! That’s so cool! Congrats to her…hopefully she’ll visit again.

Jessica on

Her career is really blooming. I’m surprised she chose now to get pregnant.

Kristi on

I’m so happy for Candace, she’s an incredible athlete and a beautiful person and this will be one tall and talented child.

Dawn on

Congrats to her and her hubby.

Jessica: I doubt she chose to be pregnant. My guess it was an accident.

ashley_anne on

congrats to them! i loved watching shelden play for duke a few years back!

stacey on

Congrats! My husband is a huge TN fan and I enjoyed watching her play for UT. This will be one athletic and beautiful child!

Michelle on

Congrats!!! My husband is a HUGE fan of hers. Good luck Candace!

Lynette on

My husband and I are huge Candace fans and I went to the same high school as her although a few years before. Congratulations to Candace and the Parker family. I love seeing the Go Naperville comments.

Brandi on

Congratulations Candace!! She did awesome things while playing for the Lady Vols and I am sure I speak for many when I say we are so proud of her and happy for her here in Knoxville!!

Amanda on

I went to college at UT with Candace, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more genuine person. Congrats to her and her husband, and I wish them the best of luck with their new addition and her new career! I only had one class with her, but it was enough to cause me to realize what a great person and hard worker she is.

Dorothy on

Congrats to Candace and Sheldon,
I’m so happy to see you both be so happy and proud. This is wonderful news….We will truly miss you. Have the baby a basketball….smile….God bless!!!

Precious on

WOW! Congrates!!!! never thought it would happen…
Your number 1 fan Precious…

LaNise on

Hello Candace!

I am so happy for you and Sheldon! Thank you very much for representing women’s basketball with such class. I was an assistant coach at one of the schools that played during the 2006-2007. I currently teach at a universtiy and we will be teaching on women in sports. I will be focusing most of my topic on you. You are an amazing lady! Keep God first and the best is yet to come.