Q&A with LJ

Lauren Jackson Q&A - Part 1

In the midst of her ninth WNBL season, Lauren Jackson gave her time to answer some questions from her many fans around the world. Read what she had to say on topics such as music, Seattle, writing on her shoes, and of course, basketball.


What's it like living with Tully Bevilaqua?

It is awesome, she is a wild child that's for sure but she is one of my dearest friends and we have been through a lot together. I don't know anyone in the world that plays the game like that. She does more damage to the floor than herself through pure passion... That girl is not scared of anything.

Thanks for making basketball in Seattle very exciting. Are you back in Seattle again in 2006? I will be cheering on the Aussies this year at the World Championships from the Kangaroo and Kiwi as well at Key Arena. Now that you are healing and getting stronger, time to have a year to remember. Good luck with everything?

Hey, yep I will be back in Seattle this year, as far as I know!!! My injuries are coming along very slowly, I am going to have to change my training schedule seriously when I get back to the States but hopefully it will all work out for the best!

What are the chances of you staying with the Capitals program or is this the end of the LJ era in Australia?

I don't think its the end of the lj era, I think that whatever I decide to do I will still have a close affiliation with this team. I have never said I won't be back!!!!!

Howdy, Lauren, from the Great State of Texas. Sorry about how Her Majesty barely scraped the MVP award from you this year, but know in this Comets fan's heart/mind, that you are the MVP of the World!

I would like to know when we will see that hook shot you have been allegedly working on for the last couple of years? Also, can your Mum still box you out and steal rebounds? She was a corker, back in the day.

Glad the shin is better. See you in Houston, late June...can't hardly wait!

Haahahahahahaha, ok Sheryl had a great year, she deserved MVP, if it was anyone else I think I may have shown a little bitterness.. lol.. My hook shot, I haven't mastered it yet but I'm getting there. I'll let mum know about that! She will have a good laugh to herself.

Last year you made the effort to follow the Oregon Ducks when they played in Seattle. I know what that meant to Gabe and Eleanor and all the Ducks. Thanks for supporting our Aussies in the US.

No worries, it's always fun when there are Aussies in Seattle, and also they are AIS alumni so I had to support my girls!!

You are one of my biggest sporting idols so it is great to be able to ask you a question. Is there a female athlete from another sport that you love to watch and compete ie A tennis player maybe?

Yeah sure, this year I would have to say Amelie Mauresmo. But this year she was a champ, even though the last few games her opponents retired, she deserved that title.

What one area of your game would you like to work on so you could elevate your game to an even higher level than what you are now?

I would say at the moment everything, I think that I can improve on so many parts of the game its hard to just pinpoint one. Maybe the 1% things that don't show in the stats box like blocking out, getting touches on the ball defensively and so forth.

Hey Lauren! :-) I am a HUGE fan of yours and my question for you is, If you were to ever leave Seattle for another team :-( who would you want to play for? Can't wait til you come back! We Miss You! Good luck at the Commonwealth Games! (and the rest of your Caps season) ;-)

Girl, I am never going to leave Seattle, I love it there.

Hi Lauren. Congrats and more power. You're the best there is, and you're such an inspiration because you always go all out each and every game. Anyway, I heard that you're quite the music buff. In that line, what are your top 5 favorite songs of all time? :)

All time? wow. I don't know, I'll give you my favourite artists of all time instead.
Marilyn Manson (of course), Michael Hutchence, Stevie Nicks, Jim Morrison and that's about it!!!!
I love old music too!

We miss you very much and all wish you a strong,full recovery!!! Take care of yourself because we want to see LJ for many many more years to come.

Thank you very much, I'm sure you will see me for a few more years yet to come.

You've played in leagues all over the world. How would you rate the WNBL in terms of professionalism, crowd support and talent compared to Russia and the U.S,? I do understand that obviously basketball is huge in the U.S and there is a lot of money in Europe but is the WNBL really way behind these international leagues? I really hope to see you stay with the Capitals for years to come.

Hey matey, I believe that the WNBL is one of the better leagues in the world, the money just isn't as good. Which is a shame because now a days we could entice some of the best players in the world to play out here, there is sooooo much going for Australia, the country itself is beautiful and everyone that I have talked to overseas would love to play here but the power of the dollar is much more significant than that, at this point in the girls' careers.

Hey, What will it mean to play in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne? hope to see you stay in Canberra for the WNBL!!

It means a great deal to me. I cherished the Sydney olympics so much and now it's kind of like we get a second chance to show Australia that the Opals are a powerhouse in women's basketball all over the world. I am so lucky to be a part of the team.

Hey Lj, I am a point guard and being a big storm fan and bball fan in general i usually look for things that motivate me before a game. I wanna know what it is you write on your shoes and why you chose those particular words? Thanks
A fan always - TaSh

Well I guess there are a few things I write on my shoes, depending on what is going on in my life at the time. Mainly I write Have fun, Focus on the moment and relentless persistence. It's just a reminder for me that the game is supposed to be fun.

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