Basketball-Australia's Jackson comes out of retirement for Women's World Cup
Hall of Famer Lauren Jackson has agreed to come out of a long international retirement to play for Australia's Opals when her country hosts the Women's World Cup later this year.
Hall of Famer Lauren Jackson has agreed to come out of a long international retirement to play for Australia's Opals when her country hosts the Women's World Cup later this year. The 41-year-old triple Olympic silver medallist and 2006 world champion announced her retirement from elite basketball in 2016 after a knee injury prevented her playing at a fifth Olympics in Rio.
Three times an MVP in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) with the Seattle Storm, Jackson will return to the Opals squad next week a quarter of a century after her first call-up as a teenager in 1997. "There's a little bit of apprehension. I'm definitely a little bit scared and excited but who knows what will happen with my body," Jackson told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
"It's been a really long journey but every milestone that I've hit I've gone 'I didn't think I'd get to this point' but thought I'll just push it a bit further and see how much further I can go." Jackson made a comeback to the game in February with her hometown Albury Wodonga team in a semi-professional regional league.
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