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After career threatened, more mature LJ returns

Updated: June 27, 2006, 9:09 AM ET
By Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com

Lauren Jackson's shins had hurt for so long that she couldn't remember a time when they didn't ache when she played basketball. But the fiery Australian gutted it out, rarely taking any serious time off to rest.

But seven months ago during the WNBA offseason, doctors told Jackson her remedy wasn't working. Playing through the pain was no longer an option. In fact, playing basketball at all might not be possible for the 6-foot-5 frontcourt phenom.

X-rays taken Down Under in October ...

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