‘I’m executed’: Lauren Jackson retires minutes after Opals guide Olympic spot

Aussie basketball legend Lauren Jackson has as soon as once more introduced her retirement, mere minutes after the Opals booked their place on the Paris Olympics.

The Opals have booked their place in Paris after blowing Germany away 85-52 to go 2-0 within the Olympic qualifiers in Brazil.

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The 42-year-old Jackson performed 16 minutes with 9 factors, three rebounds, 4 assists and a steal to show she’s nonetheless obtained it as Australia rampaged to victory.

The Opals had been led by Tess Madgen’s 15 factors, Bec Allen and debutant Isobel Borlase’s 10 factors and Alanna Smith’s eight factors, eight assists as they ran up a rating towards Germany, blowing out the sport 54-24 by halftime.

It left the rest of the sport primarily a victory lap for the Australians, however nobody anticipated Jackson’s reveal after full-time.

Requested by the Brazilian MC about making a fifth Olympic Video games, Jackson mentioned: “Not for me, no. I’m executed.”

Jackson, who was a part of Australia’s solely World Cup successful aspect in Brazil in 2006, mentioned she was joyful to be ending within the nation.

“I like Brazil, Brazil has been superb to me,” Jackson mentioned.

“How becoming that I get to complete my nationwide profession with Australia in Brazil. It’s very particular.”

Jackson later added on Instagram: “Once I say this has been a privilege, I imply it.”

Talking after the match, Michelle Timms was surprised by information.

“I’m in a little bit of shock as a result of in her two video games taking part in for Australia in Brazil has been improbable and she or he’s been in one of the best form she’s been in in a few years,” Timms mentioned on ABC Radio.

Timms mentioned the choice wouldn’t have come frivolously, including: “She has two little boys she clearly loves dearly and being a single mum or dad, I believe perhaps being over there with out her youngsters was a realisation that she didn’t wish to be on the Olympics and being with out them for therefore lengthy.”

Timms added that it could even be an indication that her knee isn’t holding up in addition to anticipated.

Basketball journalist Tom Hersz tweeted: “These qualifying video games in Brazil would be the final time she wears an Opals jersey. What a tremendous run by the best participant we’ve ever produced! #ThankYouLJ”.

The shock reveal comes because it appeared sure that Jackson would return for a fifth Olympics, in what would have been her first for the reason that 2012 London Video games and her 2016 retirement.

Nevertheless, followers will probably be hoping Jackson’s newest retirement gained’t stick both, having twice pulled the plug, solely to as soon as once more pull on the jersey.

After retiring in 2016, Jackson got here again in 2022 to star within the 2022 World Cup in Australia, which noticed the Opals declare bronze.

Jackson scored a game-high 30 factors and 7 rebounds in what was believed to be her remaining match in Australian colors.

Her profession appeared set to be executed in early 2023 after she tore her Achilles in her WNBL tribute match.

However she as soon as once more got here out of retirement to assist Australia Olympic marketing campaign — perhaps only one extra time LJ?

A seven-time WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA champion, three-time WNBA MVP, Basketball Corridor of Fame inductee, four-time Olympic medallist (three silver and a bronze) and with an honour listing a mile lengthy, if that is it for Jackson, she retires as arguably the best basketballer Australia has ever produced.