Jackson could join Jordan in Hall of Fame

Lauren Jackson has been nominated for inclusion in the prestigous basketball Hall of Fame (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

The accolades continue to come for Australian basketball great Lauren Jackson who was among the nominees for inclusion in the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Jackson, who was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame earlier this month, was one of six first-time nominees for the Hall of Fame, which was created in 1959 and is considered among the highest honours in basketball.

She will learn if she is included among the finalists at the NBA All-Star Weekend next February.

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Jackson would join Australian basketball icon Lindsay Gaze in the Hall of Fame after he was inducted in 2015. He was the first, and still only Australian inductee.

A player must have been retired for three years to be eligible and last year‘s induction class was headlined by Kobe Bryant.

Jackson, now the head of women’s basketball at Basketball Australia, would also join the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the Hall of Fame which only has 410 members.

A three-time WNBA MVP during her 12 seasons with the Seattle Storm which included two championships, Jackson was also named finals MVP three times and the Storm retired Jackson‘s no.15 jersey in 2015.

The four-time Olympian also won three silver medals and a bronze for Australia and is already a member of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jackson is on a list of nominees which includes Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce.

When she was inducted in to the Sport Australia Hall of Fame this month, Jackson said it was a “privilege” to join her heroes, which she would again if successful.

“I guess I was just really lucky to achieve what I did, and it is a huge honour to be a part of the Hall of Fame with people that I idolise,” she said.

“Retirement brings these types of awards and achievements, which I guess is just further confirmation for what I was able to achieve.

“They are incredible women, so to be recognised alongside them and become a member of the Hall of Fame is very exciting.”

Sports Writer

Melbourne

Russell Gould is a senior Herald Sun sportswriter with nearly 20 years experience across a wide variety of sports from cricket to golf to rugby league to horse racing and AFL, writing both news and in depth fea…

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