Lauren Jackson to miss 2013 WNBA season
Australian Opal and international basketball superstar Lauren Jackson has confirmed she will not return to the United States to play in the upcoming 2013 Women's National Basketball Association season.
Jackson’s WNBA club, the Seattle Storm, today announced she would sit the 2013 season out and remain in Australia to continue rehabilitation for her ongoing hamstring injury.
Following a recent post-operative review, Jackson is expected to make a full recovery. However, as a result of the injury, she has also been unable to take the court for the Canberra Capitals during the 2012/13 WNBL season.
She will remain under contract to play for the Storm during the 2014 WNBA season, and has reiterated her intent to play with the team during that season.
Jackson thanked the Storm for their continued support since 2001, indicating that she had made the decision now to give the team the best possible opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season.
"I’m so pleased with the medical view that I will make a full recovery, but I know I have to be patient and not rush the process," Ms Jackson said.
“My main and only focus at the moment is to get back to my physical best through fitness, strength and skills.
“After that, I’ll look at my options and an on court plan that best suits me for the future as I want to play on for some time yet.”