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Encyclopedia > Lauren Jackson
Lauren Jackson
Position Forward/Center
Height ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg)
Team Seattle Storm
Nationality Flag of Australia Australia
Born May 11, 1981 (1981-05-11) (age 26)
Albury, New South Wales
Draft 1st overall, 2001
Seattle Storm
Pro career 1997 – present
Former teams Australian Institute of Sport (1997-99)
Canberra Capitals (1999-2006)
Awards WNBL MVP (1999, 2000, 2004)
WNBL All-Star 5 (1999-2004)
WNBA MVP (2003)
All-WNBA First Team (2003, 2005)
Five-time WNBA All-Star
WNBL Grand Final MVP (2006)
WNBA's All-Decade Team (2006)
Women's Korea Basketball League MVP (2007)
Olympic medal record
Women's Basketball
Silver 2000 Sydney Team Competition
Silver 2004 Athens Team Competition

Lauren Elizabeth Jackson (born May 11, 1981 in Albury, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian professional basketball player. She is a forward/center with the Seattle Storm of the WNBA, and the Australian national team The Opals, and until 2006 with the Canberra Capitals of the Australian WNBL. She has won national championships in both the U.S. and Australia, and a world championship as well. She is universally considered to be the best Australian female basketball player of all time, and one of the best players in the world. In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Albury is a city in New South Wales, Australia, located on the Hume Highway on the Northern side of the Murray River. ... 2001 WNBA Draft - 20 April 2001 On April 20, 2001 the regular WNBA draft took place. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) headquarters is sited in Canberra, the Capital city of Australia. ... The Canberra TransACT Capitals are an Australian Womens Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Canberra, Australia. ... The Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier womens basketball league in Australia. ... The WNBA Most Valuable Player is an annual award is given by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the WNBA player who is the most valuable league-wide to her individual team in regular season competition. ... Womens National Basketball Association All-Star Game was first played during the 1999 Womens National Basketball Association season in New York, New York. ... The Womens National Basketball Associations All-Decade Team were chosen in 2006 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the WNBA from amongst 30 nominees compiled by the league by fan, media, coach, and player voting. ... Basketball has been played consistently on the Summer Olympics since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. ... Final results for the Basketball competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics. ... Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics took place at the indoor arena in the Helliniko Olympic Complex for the preliminary rounds, with the latter stages being held in the Olympic Indoor Hall at the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Albury is a city in New South Wales, Australia, located on the Hume Highway on the Northern side of the Murray River. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... The Australia Womens National Basketball Team named The Opals is the womens National Basketball team for Australia. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Canberra TransACT Capitals are an Australian Womens Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Canberra, Australia. ... The Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier womens basketball league in Australia. ...

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Early career

Both Lauren Jackson's parents, Gary and Maree, represented Australia at basketball, and she took up the game at age four. A teenage prodigy at Murray High School, Albury, she moved to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as a teenager. She played for the Australian women's team, the Opals, in 1997 as a 16-year-old. She led the Australian Institute of Sport team, made up of the country's best 16 to 18 year-old players, to a premiership in the WNBL Women's National Basketball League, the Australian women's professional league, in 1998-1999 - an unprecedented achievement for a youth team. Ineligible to continue with the AIS team, she joined the other Canberra-based team, the Canberra Capitals, and led them to four titles in 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2005-2006. The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) headquarters is sited in Canberra, the Capital city of Australia. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... The Australia Womens National Basketball Team named The Opals is the womens National Basketball team for Australia. ... The Womens National Basketball League (WNBL) is the premier womens basketball league in Australia. ... The Canberra TransACT Capitals are an Australian Womens Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Canberra, Australia. ...


International career

In the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Jackson registered 20 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to the United States in the gold-medal game. The silver medal was Australian basketball's first in international competition. The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4,200,000 people, and 151,920 within the city centre. ...


In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, The Opals went on to repeat as silver medalists, losing again to the United States in the Olympic final. The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... For other uses, see Athens (disambiguation). ... The Australia Womens National Basketball Team named The Opals is the womens National Basketball team for Australia. ...


In the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, the Opals defeated New Zealand's Tall Ferns in the final, and earned the gold medal. The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne, Australia between March 15 and March 26, 2006. ... Melbournes CBD has grown to straddle the Yarra River in three major precincts. ...


In the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil, the Opals defeated Russia to win the gold medal. Jackson captained the team. Official logo The 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women will be hosted by Brazil from September 12 to September 23, 2006. ...


WNBA

When Jackson declared for the WNBA Draft in 2001, she was an automatic first selection to the Seattle Storm, where she has played since. The WNBA Draft is an annual draft held by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) through which WNBA teams can select new players from a talent pool of college and professional womens basketball players. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


The 196 centimeter (6'5") Jackson is very effective in offense, combining her height with a good shooting percentage - even from three-point range (she led the WNBA in three-point percentage in 2004), athletic ability, and not least a little bit of "mongrel" (mental toughness and aggressiveness) to deal with the highly physical defensive tactics usually laid on to stop her. Earlier in her career, her defense was perhaps the weaker aspect of her game, but these days that area has also improved, making her a leading defensive rebounder and shot-blocker in the WNBA. In 2003, despite the fact that the Seattle Storm did not make the playoffs, she was voted as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player that season. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The WNBA Most Valuable Player is an annual award is given by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the WNBA player who is the most valuable league-wide to her individual team in regular season competition. ...


In 2004, her Seattle Storm team won the WNBA Championship by defeating the Connecticut Sun, two games to one. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... WNBA Championship Trophy The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format. ... The Connecticut Sun are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. ...


2005 Injury

In October 2005, having returned to Australia to play in the 2005-06 WNBL season, Jackson aggravated an old stress fracture injury in her left leg, was not expected to play again in the WNBL season. She recovered more quickly than expected, returning to star for Canberra in the WNBL finals series, being named finals MVP in Canberra's 05-06 title, and to lead the Opals in the Commonwealth Games. This article is about stress fractures in bones. ... The Canberra TransACT Capitals are an Australian Womens Basketball League (WNBL) team based in Canberra, Australia. ... The Australia Womens National Basketball Team named The Opals is the womens National Basketball team for Australia. ... Current flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation Locations of the games, and participating countries British Commonwealth Games seal Commonwealth Games Federation seal, adopted in 2001 The Commonwealth Games is a multinational, multi-sport event. ...


Move to South Korea

Jackson decided to leave Australia after the 2005-06 season. While she had huge offers from clubs in Russia—she was reportedly paid over AUD 200,000 to play a few games with a Russian club before the 2005 WNBA season—she opted instead to sign a three-year deal with a Seoul-based club in South Korea's national league. Although she would not earn as much money in Korea as she could in Russia, her salary will still be higher than what she could earn in Australia. More importantly, Korea's season runs only from mid-December through early March, about half the length of the European season, and clubs in the league only play two matches a week. She indicated that Korea's shorter season played the main role in her decision to sign there, noting that it would likely prolong her career. She won the Korean league's MVP award in 2007. ISO 4217 Code AUD User(s) Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island Inflation 3. ... Seoul   is the capital of South Korea and is located on the Han River in the countrys northwest. ... In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ...


Jackson will continue to play in the WNBA during the Northern Hemisphere summer; in April 2006, she signed a three-year contract to stay with the Storm. April 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Marcos Pontes, Brazils first astronaut, reaches the International Space Station. ...


Off the court

Jackson posed nude in an Australian magazine, Black+White, that featured Olympic athletes who were set to compete in Athens in the 2004 Summer Olympics. The expensively-printed magazine/book has been produced for the last three Olympic Games, and by the 2004 edition was considered relatively uncontroversial in Australia with its "artistic" approach to nude photography and its equal coverage of male and female athletes. Jackson also posed for the 2005 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. After Jackson's pro basketball career she hopes to be involved with a women's refuge and help victims of rape and domestic violence. Black+White is a bimonthly Australian magazine published by Studio Magazines that debuted in the summer of 1992. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Veronica Varekova, Elle Macpherson, Rebecca Romijn, Rachel Hunter, Daniela Pestova, Elsa Benitez, Carolyn Murphy and Yamila Diaz, 2006; Heidi Klum and Maria Sharapova are in the insets. ...


See also

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External links

  • Australian Womens basketball forum
  • WNBA profile of Lauren Jackson — includes statistics
  • Seattle Storm profile of Lauren Jackson — includes news links
  • Basketball Australia profile of Lauren jackson
  • Unofficial fan site
  • report on 2005 season-ending injury
  • "Jackson deal lands her on Seoul train", Stephen Howell, The Age, 23 February 2006
  • ABC: "Best in the World"
Preceded by
Ann Wauters
1st Overall Pick in WNBA Draft
2001
Succeeded by
Sue Bird
Women's National Basketball Association | WNBA's All-Decade Team
Sue Bird | Tamika Catchings | Cynthia Cooper | Yolanda Griffith | Lauren Jackson | Lisa Leslie | Katie Smith | Dawn Staley | Sheryl Swoopes | Tina Thompson

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