Seattle Storm retire Lauren Jackson'south No. fifteen jersey

4517
Source:   —  July 20, 2016, at 1:30 AM

"If I could, I would. But actually, I don't have a knee anymore," she said with a smile at the finish of a media roundtable session with longtime teammate Sue Bird.

Seattle Storm retire Lauren Jackson'south No. fifteen jersey

SEATTLE -- Lauren Jackson would've loved nothing more than a chance to don her Seattle Storm uniform and play one more time in front of the team'south vocal fans.

"If I could, I would. But actually, I don't have a knee anymore," she said with a smile at the finish of a media roundtable session with longtime teammate Sue Bird. "It'd be almost impossible."

Instead, the Australian superstar and four-time Olympian settled for being honored and cheered loudly by those fans in KeyArena on Friday night as the team formally retired her uniform after an 80-51 rout of the Washington Mystics.

Jackson'south No. fifteen jersey, the first no retired in the team'south 16-year history, was unveiled in the arena'south rafters, following to the two banners signifying the WNBA championships she helped win in two thousand-fourth and 2010.

It was then that the reality -- and finality -- of stepping far from the game hit residence with the 35-year-old Jackson.

"I think the closure in itself is a dreary thing. But at minimum I got to arrive back," said Jackson, who hadn't been in Seattle since playing her final game in the two thousand twelve WNBA playoffs against Minnesota. "It doesn't perceive love it's been four years. I wasn't sure I was going to obtain to obtain back here. But having the opportunity to arrive back and retire here is probably the most necessary thing I've ever done."

Jackson was introduced as a ceremonial sixth starter before the game, and threw several of her basketball shoes into the stands at halftime.

"I didn't realize how much I missed [Seattle] until I got back in," Jackson said. "I did grow up here. I was a small teenager when I got here."

Although she didn't play in the WNBA after two thousand twelve, Jackson did continue playing overseas. But having dealt with ankle, shin and back injuries at various points of her career, Jackson announced in a tweet on March thirty that she was calling it quits.

The 6-foot-6 Jackson was nineteen when she came to Seattle with the No. one overall draft choose in two thousand-first after the Storm went just 6-26 as an expansion team in two-thousandth. During her 12-year career, she scored a team-leading 6.007 points, a total that ranks No. seven on the WNBA'south career list. She also ranks No. three in the league for career blocked shots (five hundred eighty-six) and No. nine in rebounds (2.447).

Jackson was a three-time MVP and was the named to the WNBA'south All-Decade team in two thousand-sixth as one of the league'south top ten players. Along with four Olympics for the Australian national team (three silver medals and one bronze), she played in three World Championships, helping the Opals win gold in 2006.

READ ALSO
Cavs trade Sasha Kaun to 76ers, making room for Chris Andersen

Cavs trade Sasha Kaun to 76ers, making room for Chris Andersen

The move created room on the roster for Cleveland to sign middle Chris Andersen in a separate deal, sources told ESPN. Friday'south trade sends Kaun and his $1.3 million guaranteed salary for 2016-17 to Philadelphia along with cash considerations, with the Cavs receiving...

584
Miami'south Label Richt backflips off the high dive at the campus pool

Miami'south Label Richt backflips off the high dive at the campus pool

At a prospect camp on Friday, Richt backflipped off the 10-meter high dive at the outdoor pool on campus. This isn't the first time Richt has taken on this challenge.

560
Frustrated Rory McIlroy breaks 3-wood after wayward shot

Frustrated Rory McIlroy breaks 3-wood after wayward shot

McIlroy had just hit a wayward shot on the par-5 sixteenth hole of The Open when he slammed the club in anger, using a tomahawk motion that saw the club hit the ground in front of him and break.

601
At first official event, Pence, Trump set sights on Clinton, vow to restore prosperity, safety to America

At first official event, Pence, Trump set sights on Clinton, vow to restore prosperity, safety to America

Mike Pence appeared on stage for the first time as a presidential and vice-presidential ticket Saturday, warning Americans about the perils of electing Hillary Clinton and vowing to create the country secure and prosperous again.

593