Lauren Jackson, the basketballer acknowledged as one of the greats of the WNBA, is loving that comeback feeling – and feeling the love from the fans.
Lauren Jackson, Aussie fans enjoying her World Cup finale
Thirty minutes after Australia knocked off Canada in the preliminary round of the women’s basketball World Cup, Lauren Jackson was back on the court signing autographs and posing for selfies with hundreds of adoring fans.
They couldn’t get enough of the Australian star and she reciprocated the love, not wanting to leave even when a security guard tried to get her to go back to the locker room.
The 41-year-old mom has been soaking in every minute of her impressive comeback story that has Australia in the quarterfinals as the top seed and drawing more than 9000 fans to some of their games.
“It’s special. I really could never have imagined I got the reception I’ve had the past week,” Jackson said. “It’s been more special than anything to me. I couldn’t have every imagined it. To be here and be a part of it. I’m still pinching myself. I still can’t believe I’m in the green and gold.”