Start your clocks on when Australian star Lauren Jackson will officially ink her two-year agreement with the Storm, the two-time MVP helped the Canberra Capitals win the WNBL title on Saturday. So, yes, her “overseas” season is complete and she can focus on something else now.
Here’s a cool clip from the game, displaying another remarkable comeback from back injury (Swin Cash and Sheryl Swoopes being the others Seattle’s familiar with). Doctor’s discovered two stress fractures in Jackson’s lower back in August, ending her 2009 WNBA season. She returned home to Australia to rehabilitate the injury, signing to play with Canberra to ease her return to the game.
Jackson scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds in the 75-70 win, winning MVP honors and the Chairman’s Award for her impact on the WNBL. She was a huge draw, often causing officials to change locations to accommodate the crowds and lawmakers are even considering using taxpayer money to keep her in Australia.
“That’s a very sound investment for the ACT government,” said Andrew Barr, ACT Sports Minister. The government paid Jackson $50,000 to play this season.
Jackson responded in the television report that “if I could, I would stay here.”
Storm coach Brian Agler hadn’t heard of this move, however, insisting she’s still going to play for the Storm this summer. Jackson has more than a month to rest before training camp opens April 25. The Australian and American seasons don’t conflict, giving her the opportunity to play in both anyway.
Elsewhere, Storm C Janell Burse’s Wisla Can-Pack Krakow was the final team to advance to the EuroLeague Final Four. The Polish club won Game 3 on Wednesday against Frisco Sika Brno, 78-73, and faces Ros Casares, which features new training camp signee Jana Vesela.
Storm All-Star PG Sue Bird’s Spartak Moscow also advanced, facing UMMC Ekaterinburg.
FIBA Europe will reveal the host city for the Final Four on Monday in Gdynia before Tuesday’s EuroLeague All-Star game. Burse was voted a starter for the illustrious game.
Final Four play runs April 9-11.
I’ll catch up with other Storm players overseas if they advance to championship settings.