LJ happy, healthy, ready to lead Storm

After ankle surgery and pondering move to Phoenix, Jackson is back in Seattle

Originally Published: June 4, 2009
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson is, of course, officially a citizen of Australia. From a practical standpoint, though, she's a citizen of women's basketball.

It's like this for many women who play hoops professionally. Most who compete in the WNBA also go overseas in the fall and winter months. By playing nearly year-round, they hope to maximize their income from the limited amount of years any pro athlete has.

Yet Jackson's talent and value to a team are so great ...

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