words // Brandon Richard
After a hiatus last season due to the Summer Olympics, the WNBA All-Star Game made its return, played at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. Many storylines played out through the game, but none more significant that Tina Thompson's impending retirement, the 9-time All-Star hanging her sneakers up for good after the season. With Tina on the way out, the West wanted to send her off in style, and they did just that.
Down 7 heading into the fourth quarter, the Western Conference rallied behind a strong frame from Candace Parker. Parker, playing in her first All-Star Game after missing previous opportunities due to injury, scored a record 23 points and pulled down 11 points to help the West pull off the 102-98 comeback. She was named the game's MVP.
Parker's big game was played in an orange-based colorway of the upcoming adidas adizero Crazy Light 3. The lightest shoe in basketball tips the scale at just 9.4 ounces and features re-engineered SprintWeb construction.
Check out the kicks worn by Parker and her fellow All-Stars in this special edition of WNBA Sneaker Watch.
Candace Parker - adidas adizero Crazy Light 3
Diana Taurasi - Nike LeBron X PS Elite PE
Close-Up // Diana Taurasi wearing Nike LeBron X PS Elite PE
Angel McCoughtry - Nike Kobe 8 System "Challenge Red"
Tamika Catchings - Nike Zoom Hyperdisruptor
Rebekkah Brunson - Nike Hyperdunk 2013 All-Star PE
Seimone Augustus - Nike Hyperdunk 2013 All-Star PE
Tina Charles - Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2012
Maya Moore - Jordan Super.Fly 2 All-Star PE
Epiphanny Prince - Nike Kobe 8 System All-Star PE
Lindsay Whalen - Nike Zoom Hyperdisruptor
Cappie Pondexter - Nike Kobe 8 System All-Star Pe
Tina Thompson - Nike Zoom Soldier VII All-Star PE
Ivory Latta - Nfinity IL|12t
Danielle Robinson - Nike Kobe 8 System All-Star PE
Allison Hightower - adidas Crazyquick
Kristi Toliver - Nike Kobe 8 System All-Star PE
Erika de Souza - Nike Hyper Quickness All-Star PE
Nneka Ogwumike - Nike Hyperdunk 2013 All-Star PE
Sylvia Fowles - Nike Hyperfuse 2012 All-Star PE
Glory Johnson - Nike Hyperdunk 2013 All-Star PE
Shavonte Zellous - adidas Crazy Fast
Crystal Langhorne - Under Armour Micro G Torch PE
Sneaker Vines via @WNBA