Candace Parker shares handwritten letter from Pat Summitt The Sparks star honors her former coach with a heartwarming message
A few hours after the basketball world learned longtime Tennessee coach Pat Summitt had died Monday, Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker shared a letter via Twitter. Parker played for Summitt at Tennessee from 2005-08. The letter was written when Summitt was recruiting Parker to play for the Lady Vols.
— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) June 28, 2016
On Tuesday, Parker faced Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson, who was also coached by Summitt. The Sparks prevailed with a 89-84 win over the Wings, where Parker led all scorers, finishing with 31 points and grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds.
“It was difficult, but I felt a lot of strength from her [Summitt] and the Lady Vol family,” Parker said. “We all played with heavy hearts. You know I see coach’s glare and hear her voice screaming at me to rebound, especially on the offensive end. It’s very ironic that I had my season-high rebounding tonight.”
Watch Sparks highlights in their victory over the Wings.