Three-time WNBA MVP Jackson announces retirement


Australian two-time WNBA champion Lauren Jackson retired from basketball on Thursday.

The 34-year-old was selected as the WNBA MVP three times and the WNBA Finals MVP in 2010 after leading the Seattle Storm to the franchise's second title.

"I believe Lauren is the most dominant player the WNBA has ever seen," Storm head coach Jenny Boucek said in a statement.

"It was an honour to witness such greatness. She wowed us daily. We are grateful for her incredible impact on the game of women's basketball and the city of Seattle."

Jackson ranks sixth all-time in WNBA history in points scored (6,007), eighth in rebounding (2,447) and third in blocks (586).

She was named to the WNBA's All-Decade Team in 2006 and one of the top 15 WNBA players of all-time in 2011.

Jackson has three Olympics silver medals and a bronze, as well as winning a FIBA World Championship.

"In many ways, Lauren's retirement is a sad thing, but it also gives all of us a chance to reflect on what an amazing career she had," Storm guard Sue Bird said.

"For me, it's a reminder of how thankful I am that I got to play along side her. As a young pro athlete you go through a lot, both on and off the court, and I can't imagine going through it with anyone other than Lauren.

"We accomplished a lot together on the court but it's the friendship that we built off of it that I'm even more thankful for.

"She'll always be the best player this franchise has ever seen and one of the best team-mates I've ever had."