WNBA player Candace Parker made history this week by being selected by 2K Sports as the first female cover athlete for the NBA 2K series of games.
Parker will be featured on the Gamestop-exclusive version of NBA 2K22 when it releases on September 10th. The custom cover is meant to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the WNBA, the first women’s professional basketball league to launch in the United States.
In a tweet, Parker commented on her achievement, writing: "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 hoping there will be many more badass females to follow.”
There will be multiple covers of the game releases, with Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Rui Hachimura all getting covers as well.
Parker, 35, is currently a Center for the Chicago Sky. She spent the first twelve years of her career with the Los Angeles Sparks, garnering six All-Star appearances, two MVP awards, and one championship. She also has served as an analyst for NBA TV and TNT, having provided coverage during the 2019-20 NBA season.
NBA 2K22 is slated for release on September 10th and will be made available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. As always, there’ll be multiple versions of the game made available, with a Standard Edition, NBA 75th Anniversary Edition, Cross Generation Bundle, and WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition made available to players.