NBA fan shares the story of Lauren Jackson, an Australian basketball legend who didn’t retire at 41 to compete in the FIBA World Cup 2022, dropping 30 points in the game to Australia’s bronze medal
As fans of the game of basketball, fans often look to the NBA to determine their favorite superstars and favorite teams. But the game of basketball is a vast game played internationally and by several nations as well. Australia is perhaps one of the nations that has often gone unnoticed in terms of basketball talent. While they are a regular source of many NBA players, their Women’s National Team is no slouch.
Finishing among the first three nations at several Olympic Games, the “Opales” are one of the most decorated nations in women’s basketball. Perhaps the most instrumental player of their glory years was Lauren Jackson. A power winger, Jackson is the most decorated player in Australian basketball. Earning multiple medals for the team, the talismanic forward played in the WNBA, as well as playing alongside another legend, Sue Bird.
Although she was exceptional when fit, injuries ended up taking their toll when she retired in 2016 and deservedly became a first-round Hall of Famer in 2021.
The miraculous return of Lauren Jackson after six years
After an incredible 14-year career, Jackson certainly had an unceremonious exit from the game in 2016. When a player hasn’t played professionally in six years, many would say a comeback would be impossible.
But that was clearly not on Jackson’s mind. The 41-year-old returned for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, hosted by the Opals. Given that they were missing one of their biggest stars in Liz Cambridge, the team needed some power ahead of a tough World Cup. Recently, a fan shared Jackson’s miraculous return to “The Opals.”
Lauren Jackson, one of the greatest basketball players of all time and Australian goat ball player, retired in 2016 due to knee injuries and was a member of the Hall of Fame of the first ballot in 2021. She did not retire at 41 for the 2022 FIBA World Cup and lost 30 and 7 in the bronze medal match.
While we’re still off season, I wanted to shed some light on some really impressive recent basketball history. The NBA equivalent of this would be if Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett came out of retirement after already being in the HOF for FIBA this year.
His resume includes 3 WNBA MVPs, 2 WNBA championships, 3 Olympic medals and a whole bunch of other stuff.
Although she didn’t start the tournament with a bang, she eventually made her way into the rotation. While she didn’t get many minutes for the competition, Jackson showed some insight into why she was a superstar in her prime. But the team finally let the 41-year-old play a starring role in the third-place game against Canada.