Candace Parker to miss the start of the season

Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker will miss the start of the 2015 WNBA season so she can rest up and be healthy for competition:

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Sparks announced Candace Parker will miss an undetermined number of games at the start of the 2015 season in order to be 100% healthy before joining the team on the court.

“This was a decision Candace made that she felt was in the best interest of her health and in the best interest of the team,” said Penny Toler. “Our goal has always been to win another championship, and having a healthy and rested Candace Parker will undoubtedly help us down the stretch. We are confident in our returning core leaders, WNBA champions and international stars that will lead the Sparks. When Candace is ready, she will return to the court healthy and rested to help the Sparks in our quest to win the 2015 title.”

Looks like general manager Toler’s views conflict with new coach Brian Agler’s approach:

“There are certain things you have to hang your hat on,” Agler said. “Whether it’s that you’re a defensive team, a great rebounding team, or whatever it is. There has to be a certain personality that you go to work with every single day and a common goal.

“And to me, that can’t initially be ‘win the WNBA championship.’ There have to be steps to take to get to that point.”