Regardless of whether she plays basketball or not, I want her to grow up and be a strong, educated, kind, giving, and confident African-American woman. ” But I am quickly reminded how much I love “this” when I gaze over on the sideline during one of my games and see my whole entire world waving back.

Lailaa loves her Daddy and I never worry leaving them at home when I’m on a road trip in the WNBA. My heart smiles when she grabs her purse, backpack and Playschool basketball and tells me she is “headed to practice.” I die laughing when she returns five seconds later to tell me “I forgot my keys!

” Just the simple fact that she pays attention lets me know that she is watching me. At times I tiredly look into the mirror and ask myself, “What am I doing?

I vowed from the start that I would have both a successful family and career.

So many times I hear of women quitting their jobs as a result of their families.

Sometimes I walk the thin line between driven and crazy.

Lailaa was a pleasant surprise to my husband and I right in the very beginning of my career.

Currently, Shelden plays basketball in the NBA for the Brooklyn Nets and Lailaa and I go overseas while I play for a club in Ekaterinburg, Russia from October through May.

During the summer, I play for Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA. I’ve been telling Shelden he needs to pick up the slack! Terrill) " data-medium-file="https://i1com/ fit=220,280" data-large-file="https://i1com/ fit=220,280" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-5258" title="Candace Parker, Lailaa" src="https://i1com/

Her husband with whom she got married with was also playing basketball during his college days in Duke University.