Shelden Williams has been keeping us up to date on his travels via Twitter and lately he has been spending a lot of time going to his wife's WNBA games. For anyone who isn't aware, his wife is Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks. Scout.com covered Sunday's Sparks game along with Shelden and adorable daughter, Lailaa.
Shelden Williams takes care of his daughter Lailaa on the sideline at Sunday’s game. (Photo by Maria M. Cornelius)
Parker is getting closer to her rookie year form – she was the WNBA’s MVP and ROY, an unprecedented double-double in the league – after missing training camp and the first month of this season for the birth of her daughter.
“I know I’ve made a conscious effort of rebounding the basketball,” Parker said. “I felt like that was the only thing I could do at a certain point in time before my game started coming back, was to rebound, so it’s just kind of carried over. I’ve had to become a more fundamental player. I’m used to using my athleticism. I’ve had to make a conscious effort to be fundamental – blocking out, things like that.
“Definitely not 100 percent; I’m getting there,” Parker added. “Every game is about taking a step forward and I feel like I’m doing that. I’m about 80 to 85 percent right now. Come playoffs, it will be 100 percent.”
“I’m excited and happy for her,” Bobbitt said. “She is doing a great job. I expected her to get back quicker because she’s an athlete.”
Lailaa had a front row seat beside the Sparks bench on the lap of Williams, who made sure she had a bottle and a pacifier when need be. Parker likes the world her daughter will grow up in – mama on the court while daddy sits on the sideline, but it will be reversed when Williams joins the Boston Celtics for the NBA season.
“I’m liking it now,” Parker said. “Come his season, I will be doing the same. I’m excited. It’s so special to look over and see my little girl, and she really watches the game. She sees me and she’s smiling.”
Williams was one of several NBA players in attendance at the game. The others were Joe Johnson, Theo Ratliff, Joe Smith, Josh Smith and Lorenzen Wright.
I'm cautiously optimistic about this kid. There is a big difference between being the fifth pick and your team expecting you to play like the fifth pick and being the fifth big and your team expecting you to play like that.