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WNBA’s Candace Parker and wife Anna Petrakova welcome baby No. 3



WNBA's Candace Parker and wife Anna Petrakova welcome baby No. 3
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WNBA star Candace Parker and woman Anna Petrakova“The starting lineup is complete” after the birth of their son Hartt.

The couple shared the exciting news over a joint Instagram post on Monday, June 10, alongside a carousel of adorable family photos.

“Hartt Summitt Petrakov Parker❤️ May 21, 2024,” they captioned the sweet snaps. “We are so in love and grateful for our little brother. Zone defense is interesting, but we can do it. Goose is adjusting 🤣 but he’s doing better with his role as a vet 🤣😂😂😂 (Mom is a rock star and we love her so much) Thank you @aprilbellephotos for always capturing our fam!”

Followers and friends rushed to the comments section to congratulate the duo on their newest addition, and many social media users noted that Hartt’s middle name, Summitt, was likely a tribute to Parker’s late basketball coach, Pat Top.

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“I love the name and what a great way to honor Coach!” wrote one Instagram user, while another added: “Summitt made me cry! Congratulations!!!”

Parker previously wrote about the impact Summit had on her life in an essay written for Sports illustrated in 2009.

“I didn’t understand her logic at times, but now that I’m in the real world I see there was a method to her madness,” she wrote at the time. “Everything she did was to make me a better individual.”

Parker, 38, and Petrakova, 39, first announced they were expecting in a concept-themed post via Instagram in December last year.

“Parker from 5 drawers! Mom and Dad are switching from man-2-man to zone defense this spring!” They wrote. “After four years in the game, we are focused on building our squad. We know this rookie will add to our depth chart and add to the versatility of our team. The rookie will join our current roster of a shooter, point forward, rebounder and small Tikes edge forward!

Hartt is the couple’s second baby together. The couple welcomed their son, Airr Larry, in February 2022. Parker is also mom to daughter Lailaa, 14, whom she shares with former NBA player and ex-husband. Sheldon Williams. The former spouses were married from 2008 to 2016.

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The Las Vegas Aces star and Petrakova met in 2012 when Parker played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Petrakova’s home country of Russia during the WNBA offseason. Although their relationship was initially platonic, things took a romantic turn after they shared a kiss for the first time.

“We’re scared and thinking, ‘What the hell was that?’” Petrakova said TIME in 2022. “You’re a little afraid to look each other in the eye and then you think, ‘Okay, what are we? We’re lying to ourselves here.’ I think we literally denied ourselves for three years. Then we finally accepted it. That was a long and difficult process.”

Parker popped the question to Petrakova during a birthday trip in Mexico, surrounded by about 15 close friends and family in 2019. They tied the knot in December of that year.