Lauren Jackson returns to Opals, Australian team for the FIBA ​​Women’s Basketball World Cup, return

Australia’s greatest basketball player of all time, Lauren Jackson, has been named to the Opals squad, nine years after retiring from international hoops.

News Corp has revealed that the 41-year-old, a seven-time MVP and seven-time WNBA and WNBL champion as well as a four-time Olympic medalist, will join the national team camp in Canberra next week.

She is not guaranteed a place in the team and is unlikely to play a major role in every game, but she has worked hard to regain her fitness, having returned to NBL1 level for Albury Wodonga , where she averaged 32.6 points and 11.6 rebounds.

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But Jackson’s experience would prove vital to an Opals team that won’t feature Liz Cambage after her high-profile split from the national team.

Lauren Jackson playing for Australia at the 2012 London Olympics.Source: Limited News

“I didn’t expect it to come to this so every day I spend here is a blessing and I truly feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to have another chance after my career is over. “Jackson told News Corp.

“There is a bit of apprehension. I’m definitely a little scared and excited but who knows what’s going to happen with my body.

“I’ve been very careful from the start of the day, not to get too excited or put pressure on myself. It’s been a really long journey, but every step I’ve taken I’ve been ‘I don’t didn’t think I would get to this point’ but I thought I’ll just push a little further and see how far I can go.

“I feel like a kid again in the running for a job. When I found out I had joined the team, I had a moment of shock, it’s now reality and I’m getting back into the frame of mind to compete to wear green and gold again.

Jackson has been training since November and two weeks ago took part in back-to-back training sessions and a scrum under Opals interim coach Cheryl Chambers in Melbourne.

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“With my size, my size and my experience in the game, I think what I can bring to the team is invaluable in terms of leadership,” Jackson said.

“Once I set foot on a basketball court I’m pretty confident, it comes naturally and has always been part of who I am. I know I can bring that confidence to the girls, I can help them and this is where I think it can be useful.

“In terms of talent and the ability to go out and score buckets, people know I can do that, but I think it’s the other things that are going to make the difference.”

Australia host the FIBA ​​Women’s World Cup in Sydney in September and are the highest ranked team in their group.

The United States, in the other group, are three-time defending champions.

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