Earlier today, the league announced the schedule for the upcoming WNBA season.
One of the first games of the season is Sunday, May 20 as the defending champions Minnesota host Los Angeles – the runner-ups of last year’s title game. The games also marks the home opener for the Lynx. Typically, the first home game for the champions is also the night when they receive their rings. One person who isn’t too pleased about playing the Lynx on that night is Candace Parker.
Parker took to Twitter to express her disappointment in being present the night Minnesota will receive their rings.
A tad disappointed that the longest standing women’s sports league (WNBA) takes the lead ahead of other major sports leagues (NFL NBA MLB NHL) in doing something none of them would ever do..... make the runner up team watch a ring ceremony that could of been theirs.— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) February 8, 2018
She went on to compare how a couple stars in the NBA, Stephan Curry, and LeBron James, did not see their rivalry be presented their rings the next year. The Warriors and Cavaliers have also been meeting in the Finals the last few seasons, just like Minnesota and Los Angeles.
However, it is not rare for the champions to open their season the following year against the runner-up.
Maybe Parker will use her disappointment to fuel her team to spoil Minnesota’s ring night, only time will tell. Every time the two teams play the anticipation of the game is upheld as the game stays tight from start to tip.
Minnesota and Los Angeles are set to tip-off May 20 at 7 pm ET on ESPN 2.