Shelden Williams is a star on and off the court. On the court he plays his heart out for the Brooklyn ‘Nets,’ while off court he serves as daddy and playmate to 3-year-old daughter Lailaa.


“Being a father just changes you. Before we had a daughter, I would never carry my wife’s purse, but magically one day I was carrying Lailaa’s purse. I don’t know what happened. Now I’m the one playing dress up or tea party,” Shelden said to ESPN. “[We] like to play hide-and-seek on Skype, but she doesn’t really understand the concept and will hide behind the couch with her legs hanging out or pop out when I ask her to.”

Due to his and wife Candace Parker’s ambitious careers, Shelden is often forced to spend quality time with his daughter via Skype only. “I’m different than a lot of dads. I don’t see how these guys cannot be around their kids. They take it for granted how accessible their kids are. I see my child maybe half the year and I don’t take any moment for granted,” said Williams.

“He is a great father, very hands-on, and she is in love with him,” Parker says of Sheldon.

Lailaa is Candace and Shelden’s first child together.




Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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