Candace Parker was shocked when the two-time Olympic gold medalist learned that she will not be on the U.S. women's basketball roster for the Rio Games.
"I was surprised and disappointed," Parker said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. "Having gone to last two Olympics, I know what it means to represent the USA. I wish everybody on the team good luck. The USA is going to win a sixth gold medal."
Parker received a call from national team director Carol Callan last week informing her of USA Basketball's decision.
"I was surprised, very surprised, but it's tough on her," Parker said. "I was looking forward to...