Q&A with LJ

Lauren Jackson Q&A - Part 1

After an arduous 5-game road trip, the Seattle Storm are back home to the familiarity and comfort of KeyArena. Despite getting banged up, Lauren Jackson generously shared some time with the fans to answer more of your questions. Read what she had to say on varying topics including Marilyn Manson, her Mum, and the Caps in this second edition of Q&A with LJ.


Before we get to the fan questions, it was a gruelling road trip and you copped a number of knocks and some heavy falls. Can you provide any updates on your injuries - in particular the knee? Still sneezing?

The road trip was rough for sure!! The knee is ok, I have an MRI scan tomorrow to see what is going on, at this stage though it isn't too serious!! My cold has finally gone, and my shins, well they are pretty much the same as always...

Hi Lauren. I'm curious to know who you most enjoy/look forward to playing with on the Australian team? Is there any team relationship that is similar to Seattle's with yourself and Sue Bird?

I love playing on the Australian team because we are all representing our country, that's pretty special to me!! Sue and I are great friends and have an awesome on court connection... The only other player that I played with, that even vaguely resembles Sue would be Kristen Veal.

Hey Lauren,
Just wondering if u get to spend much down time in each city after each game. Other than seattle which is your favourite city to go out in and once your contract expires would you ever consider playing for the Liberty.

I would love to play in New York!! I have spent a little time there over the last few years and I enjoy it a lot!! We don't get to stay in cities much after we play, we are pretty much on the go all the time.

Hi Lauren!! I remember the 1st time I saw you play at MSAC when you were with the AIS. You were really popular then and are even more so now (obviously :-P) - Do you get recognised on the street both here in Australia and in America?

Yeah a fair bit!! I think the fact that I'm 6 foot 5 inches tall is the main reason I get recognised. People see me and just assume I am a basketballer because of my height. That's when people make the connection.

Hey Lauren, What is it about Marilyn Manson that you love so much? His violent lyrics, freakish personality?

Well you know, his music was part of my life growing up. I think I listened to it and I took it for what it was... Music... As a kid I definitely felt like I was a bit of an outsider for many reasons and I used him and his music as sort of an outlet. I think I looked at him as a role model too. Each to their own I say, people's perceptions of everything are always going to be different and the way that in which you handle those perceptions is what makes you the person you are! I figure I didn't turn out too bad!! :-)

Everyones Mother's are important and its only obvious how important your mother is to you. :) So how often does she come to Seattle to visit you while you're here in Seattle? Love ya LJ. Best of luck for 2006!

Hey mum is my best friend... Mum comes to Seattle whenever I ask her to, which is awesome. There is something so comforting in having her around... I think it is the unconditional love and support I get from her and also her cosistency, she is a beautiful person that I lean on basically for everything... She is soooooo strong!!

Hi Lauren - I'm a Storm season ticket holder and I LOVE watching you play basketball. You're so good at what you do. My question is about the Storm road trips. Do you get your own hotel room or do you have to double up? Who do you room with the most? Also, do you ever get to upgrade your plane ticket to first class so you can stretch your legs out? It's a shame the team doesn't get to use Sonics plane! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

I room on my own, but if I do share (which is rare) Sue and I normally room together.. We never get upgrades but we do get exit rows which are the next best thing!!

Lauren, if you could re-live any day in your life (and even make a different choice during it) which/what one would it be?

Hmmmmm The WNBA championship, that really was the best day of my life. I have never felt that content ever... It was awesome.

Hey Darl...sorry about that smashing from the Comets. You will have an opportunity to follow up on your fighting words on June 25th, here in H-town. I have a special present for you when you get here, so if you see a very short woman courtside trying to get your attention, I will have a framed copy of the First Day Issue Cover for the Opals' Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games...it even has the Opals stamp on it!!! Did you know you are on a stamp?? See, you are the MVP of the World.

By the way, good going roughing up Big Syl Fowles in the Opals Challenge. I know you want your Mum's rebounding records to stand at LSU, but you don't have to put the kid out of commission...LOL. See you later on this month, and take care of those precious shins. ON YA, Tex

Hey mate thanks for that... Houston game was bad!!! Yeah I felt bad for Sylvia she is an awesome player, I'm sure she will be back before we know it, she is great.

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