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Storm legend Lauren Jackson comes out of retirement to play basketball again

Just months after being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Lauren Jackson is coming out of retirement.
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FILE - In this May 27, 2011, file photo, Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson, from Australia, waits to be photographed during the team's media day event in Seattle. The Australian Women's National Basketball League says, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, because of restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the eight teams will relocate to Queensland state and operate in a bio-security bubble for the duration of the regular season. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Just months after being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Lauren Jackson is coming out of retirement.

On Tuesday, Jackson announced that she's going to play for her hometown Albury Wodonga Bandits in NBL1 league in Australia. The Bandits play in the East Conference.

The Storm legend says she's the healthiest she's been since retiring in 2016. Jackson battled chronic knee pain before retiring.  

Jackson credits medicinal cannabis to help her with pain relief.  Jackson needs to file for a therapeutic use exemption with the league, but she would stop using it, if the league denies her application, she said.

"I haven't played for eight years, I might be terrible. There are so many unknows at this point and I'm 40-years-old," Jackson said.

The "Big Aussie" also did not rule out playing for Australia's national team later this year.

Jackson and the Bandits will play their home games at Lauren Jackson Centre.

Jackson played 12 seasons in Seattle.  She helped the Storm win two WNBA titles. She was a seven-time All-Star, three-time scoring champion, three-time MVP, and Finals MVP.  The Storm retired her number 15 jersey.

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