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Originally published February 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM | Page modified February 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM

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Lauren Jackson credits decision to undergo quick surgery

Jackson tweeted: “I was told last night this knee injury would have been career-ending if I had of left it,”


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Australian basketball star Lauren Jackson advised her Twitter followers “I’m still in hospital bored out of my mind” on Tuesday afternoon before posting numerous tweets, pictures and a blog entry to further explain her latest injuries.

Jackson, a three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player, underwent successful surgery late Monday to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee and a chronic problem in her left Achilles tendon. Jackson was playing in China when the knee injury was sustained.

In a phone conversation Monday, Storm coach Brian Agler explained Jackson and her mother moved quickly to return to Australia and have the surgery in Melbourne within 24 hours. Via her Twitter account, Jackson said she was fortunate to have that instinct.

“Everybody, thank you for your support through this time. I was told last night this knee injury would have been career-ending if I had of left it,” Jackson, 32, began in a series of three tweets. “So I am just lucky that I had the right people and the right advice around me to come home and get it fixed. So thank you again for your kind words. It’s a tough time.”

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, will need four months to recover and is unlikely to return to the WNBA this season. Jackson’s bigger goal is to captain her Australian team through the FIBA World Championship in Turkey this fall and compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.

In addition to Twitter, Jackson wrote an open letter to fans on her website, laurenjackson.org. The post elaborated on the injury, her play in China and thankfulness to be able to experience the last month of the Australian summer after experiencing minus-30-degree weather where she played in Harbin City.

WNBA training camps open in April and the Storm tips off its 15th season May 16 against Los Angeles at KeyArena. But first, the WNBA must ratify a collective-bargaining agreement with its players.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @JaydaEvans



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