Lauren Jackson

Australian basketball legend Lauren Jackson to come out of international retirement to join Opals’ World Cup squad

Champion Australian basketballer Lauren Jackson will come out of her nine-year international retirement to join the Opals’ squad for this year’s World Cup.

Jackson, now 41, has been playing for Albury Wodonga this year and will join the national team squad’s camp next week.

Widely regarded as Australia’s greatest-ever basketballer, Jackson has won four Olympic medals, three World Championship medals, including gold in 2006, and was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Her storied WNBA career included five championships and four MVP awards.

Speaking to Corp, Jackson said she had been news throughout her “really long journey back to the top level.

Lauren Jackson with her bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.(Reuters: Mike Segar)

“I never expected to get to this point so every day I get past here is a blessing and I truly feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to be getting another shot after the way my career ended,” Jackson said.

“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.

“It kind of feels like I’m a kid again vying for a position.

“When I found out I made it into the squad, I had a moment of shock

It’s reality now and [I’m] getting into the mind frame again of competing to wear the green and gold again.”

The Opals will begin their World Cup campaign in Sydney on September 22 against France, with pool games against Mali, Serbia, Canada and Japan to follow.

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