LOS ANGELES – Post player Candace Parker is expected to see her first game action since late June when the Los Angeles Sparks host the Atlanta Dream at STAPLES Center on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Parker has been sidelined since June 26, when she suffered a torn lateral meniscus in her right knee during the third quarter of a game vs. the New York Liberty in Newark, N.J. She missed 15 games during that span.
“We’re beyond excited that Candace is coming back for the stretch run of our season,” Sparks Head Coach Joe Bryant said. “She’s worked her tail off to rehab her knee. It’s a testament to Candace’s determination and professionalism.”
Prior to her injury, Parker averaged 17.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists through seven games this season, recording four double-doubles. In 2008, the Naperville, Ill., native became the first player in league history to capture both MVP and Rookie of the Year honors.
Tickets for Tuesday’s showdown with Atlanta – as well as all remaining Sparks home contests – are available online at LASparks.com, by phone at 877-44-SPARKS (772757), at the STAPLES Center box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Season tickets, as well as flexible mini-plan options, are also available.
Tuesday’s game can also be seen live in Southern California on PRIME TICKET and nationally on NBA TV.