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Candace Parker voted to be a starter on All-Star team

July 14, 2011 |  6:45 pm

Candace-parker_350 Sparks forward Candace Parker was voted to be a starter on the Western Conference All-Star team with 19,376 votes, making her the sixth-leading vote getter. 

Parker will most likely miss the game because of a torn lateral meniscus in her right knee that she sustained on June 26. She is expected to be sidelined for another month. 

Her replacement will by chosen by WNBA President Laurel Richie and announced next Wednesday or Thursday.The All-Star game will be played July 23 in San Antonio at 12:30 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on ABC. 

Parker was averaging 17.7 points and 9.9 rebounds before she was injured. 

The players voted to start with Parker in the West are: Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (21,379), Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (25,077), Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (22,406) and Storm forward Swin Cash (14,907). 

The players voted to start in the East are: Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (32,706), New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter (20,226), Indiana guard Katie Douglas (18,598), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (17,205) and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (14,310).

The reserves, who are selected by WNBA head coaches, will be announced Tuesday during a nationally televised game between the Storm and the Chicago Sky on ESPN2. 


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Photo: Sparks forward Candace Parker drives past Seattle's Ashley Robinson in an exhibition game in May. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times