Storm legend Lauren Jackson was to play for Australia at the age of 41

MELBOURNE, Australia – Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson is set to resume the national team at the age of 41 in a bid for yet another World Cup medal.

Jackson was a seven-time WNBA All-Star for the Seattle Storm. She led Australia to a world championship title in 2006 and won four Olympic medals.

Jackson has not played for the Opals for nine years, but was tempted to return to a World Cup at home in September.

Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper quoted Jackson on Tuesday as saying she would join the Opals at the Canberra camp next week. She tweeted the article, as did Basketball Australia.

“It feels a bit like I’m a kid again fighting for a position,” Jackson told the newspaper. “When I found out I was getting into the squad, I got a moment of shock. It’s reality now and getting into the mind again of competing to wear the green and gold again.”

6-foot-5 Jackson withdrew before the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics due to recurring knee problems, but returned to Australia’s domestic league earlier this year.

“I never expected to reach this point, so every day I come by here is a blessing and I really feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to get another chance after the way my career ended, “Jackson said.

“I have been very careful… not to get over-excited or put pressure on myself. It’s been a really long journey, but every milestone I’ve reached, I’ve gone “I did not think I would reach this point.” ”

Jackson was a three-time league scoring champion and won two WNBA championships with Storm; she was named the WNBA Finals MVP in 2010. She also won league titles in Australia, Spain and Russia as well as three Olympic silver and one bronze, plus a gold and two bronze medals at the World Championships.

“With my size, height and experience in the game, I think what I can bring to the team is invaluable in terms of leadership,” she said. “When I step on a basketball court, I’m pretty confident. It just comes naturally and has always just been a part of who I am.

“I know I can bring that confidence to the girls.”

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