was recently given the opportunity to speak to Lauren Jackson
one-on-one after a Storm practice. Because of time constraints,
LD (also known as Stormrocks on the Stormfans Forum) had just
a few minutes to ask Lauren some questions. Here is LDs
report of the conversation.
I (LD) got out the tape recorder, I asked Lauren about physical
play being rougher in the WNBA vs other leagues and what she
attributes that to. She said she could only compare it to
the WNBL. She said that all the players in the WNBA can focus
their energy on playing basketball whereas in the WNBL the
players have to work at other jobs to make enough money to
live. I asked her what she did outside of basketball there,
if she had a job. She said that shes studying Business
Management at La Trobe University at Wodonga.
tape recorder begins)
Van Chancellor, among others, has called you one of the top
five players in the world. Where do you rank yourself?
At the moment I probably wouldnt call myself one of
the top five players in the world but hopefully one day Ill
get there. You know, Im only 20, theres lots of
years, Ive got a whole 15 years ahead of me in the WNBA.
I love to play and hopefully I will be there in the top five
in the world.
Im going to put you on the spot. Who are your top five?
My top five right now would be Lisa Leslie, definitely she
would be, as much as I hate to say it. Shes got game,
but shes got an attitude. But she would be one of them.
Right now? Big names right now?
Shes not playing right now.
I would put Janeth up there.
Yeah, Janeth Arcain definitely. Tina Thompson.
No. Not Holdsclaw.
Anybody off the Liberty?
Well, I believe I can only really put post players in my top
five because Ive only played against the post players.
So my top five post players would be Tari Phillips. I dont
like saying that either, shes a really physical dirty
player and I think internationally with the referees and all
around the world she probably wouldnt get away with
near as much as what she does here. But Id have to say
her. Lisa Leslie. Tina Thompson. Natalie Williams. And
ummm, I dont know.
Yolanda Griffith. Yeah.
Ill agree with that.
So what are your plans for the off-season?
Im going home. Look after my grandmother, she got put
back in hospital yesterday. Shes going to have a surgery.
Im just gonna take a chill. Im just gonna relax
for a little while. Ive got nine weeks probably off
and yeah, Im not doing much after that. Im playing
in the off-season in Australia as well.
Who are you going to play for?
OK, I dont know how much of this you can answer. Since
youre under a one-year contract are you definitely planning
on being back in Seattle next year?
Yeah, I think so. I think Ill definitely be coming back
to Seattle next year. Its a one-year contract option
only. So yeah.
Is there anything you just wanted to say to the people at
Just thank you for supporting all of us. I think its
a really important part of the Seattle Storm as a whole group
of people just to have fans that, like that, who are really
into it and know what theyre talking about and who are
really motivated. Thats a really good base to have for
us to build a support network in Seattle. And I just want
to say thank you to everybody.
would like to thank Lauren for giving us a few minutes of
her time and the Storm for allowing us access to the practice.