Candace Parker has a brand new job as president of ladies’s basketball at Adidas.

The three-time WNBA champion introduced her retirement as a player on April 28 after 16 seasons.

On Wednesday, Adidas introduced Parker will assist create a platform “geared toward influencing and elevating the way forward for ladies’s sports activities.” She’ll additionally oversee the model’s ladies’s basketball merchandise.

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“Entering into this new management position is a deeply private subsequent step in my journey with Adidas,” she stated in an announcement. “It’s not nearly merchandise; it’s about fostering a motion targeted on innovation, illustration, and entry.”

Parker may even play a job in constructing upon the model’s roster of ladies gamers that features Aliyah Boston and Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike.

“We’re assured that she is an ideal match to evolve the Adidas ladies’s basketball enterprise and catalyze a brand new period of progress and credibility for the model,” Eric Smart, international common supervisor of Adidas Basketball, stated in an announcement.

Parker, 38, had been coping with a foot harm that saved her off the courtroom final season and she or he determined to retire as a result of she didn’t wish to “cheat the sport” or herself.

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Parker performed her first 13 seasons within the league with the Los Angeles Sparks, establishing her dominance early as a No. 1 choose who received Rookie of the Yr and league MVP in the identical season. Parker was the one WNBA participant to perform that feat, averaging 18.5 factors, 9.5 rebounds and three.4 assists.

She earned her second MVP award in 2013 and received her first title in 2016 with the Sparks. She’d go on to win a second title along with her hometown Chicago Sky in 2021 and a 3rd with the Las Vegas Aces final season.