Nine years after retiring from international hops, Australian great basketball player Lauren Jackson has been named in the Opal team.
News Corp. has announced that the 41-year-old, seven-time MVP and seven-time champion of the WNBA and WNBL, as well as four-time Olympic medalist, will join the national team camp in Canberra next week.
She is unlikely to be on the sidelines and may not have the chance to play a big role in every game but she has worked hard to regain her fitness, returning to NBL1 level with Alberry Wodonga, earning an average of 32.6 points and 11.6 goals.
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But Jackson’s experience will be crucial for Opal team Liz Campbell to become a part of the national team.
“I never thought I would reach this level, so every day is a blessing and I really feel like one of the luckiest people in the world,” Jackson told News Corporation.
“It simply came to our notice then. I’m certainly a little scared and excited but who knows what will happen to my body.
“I have been very careful from day to day not to be happy or to put pressure on myself. It was a long journey but I went on to say, ‘I did not think I would reach this point’ in each chapter I brought, but I thought I would push it a little further and see how much I could do. go over
“I feel like a child again and again. I was a little shocked when I found out I was in the team, now it’s a reality and I have to go inside the frame to wear the green and gold again. ”
Jackson has been training since November and two weeks ago took part in a training session and fight with Opal Coach Cheryl Chambers in Melbourne.
“I think it’s important for me to be able to lead the team with my size, height and experience in the game,” Jackson said.
“Once I was on the basketball court I was pretty sure, it came naturally and was always part of my identity. I know I can bring that confidence to the girls, that’s where I think I can help them.
“In terms of my talent and ability to go out there and score buckets, people know I can do that but I think other things will make a difference.”
Australia will host the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney in September, and is the top team in the group.
In the other team, USA is a three-time champion.