Seattle Storm legend Lauren Jackson has announced her retirement after an illustrious 15-year WNBA career. The 34-year-old center suffered a knee injury in 2012, and after several complications in her recovery, she decided to end her time as an active player.
"Today I'm announcing my retirement from the love of my life, basketball," she told reporters in Australia, according to the Seattle Times.
Jackson made her WNBA debut in 2001 and immediately became one of the league's biggest stars. Considered by many to be the most dominant player in league history, she won three MVP awards in 2003, 2007 and 2010. The seven-time All-Star led the Storm to two WNBA titles, in 2004 and 2010. Along with point guard Sue Bird, she formed one of the most indelible duos in women's basketball.
Her many accomplishments landed her a spot in the WNBA All-Decade team and the WNBA Top 15 Team. She also had successful stints playing in the Australian, Korean and Chinese leagues.
With the Australian national team she won three Olympic silver medals (2000, 2004, 2008) and a bronze (2012). In 2006, she was part of the team that won gold in the World Championship. She is widely considered the best female player in the country's history.
Jackson will surely be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will be remembered as one of women's basketball's best. For more on her career, visit Swish Appeal.