Frank and intimate biography
My Life in Basketball & Beyond By Lauren Jackson, Allen & Unwin, $36.99
My Story by Australian basketball star Lauren Jackson is one of the best sports biographies that I have read. Her ability to take us right inside her lengthy career playing this highly physical sport around the world for two decades is quite remarkable.
Born in the border town of Albury to high achieving basketball playing parents and reaching her 6 foot six height early in her teens, it was inevitable that Lauren would follow them into the game.
From the get-go Lauren Jackson’s dedication to achieving her potential was never in question and it’s only now, in retirement, that we can understand the toll, physically and mentally that the demands of the game, demanded of her. Her rapid climb, at the age of just 15 into the Australian National side, the Opals, assured her of widespread fame in her native Australia and beyond, on the surface seemed like a breeze. Instead, Lauren was struggling mentally, a condition that never really disappeared as her star rose to the very heights of basketball internationally.
Over 20 years she achieved six national championship titles in Australia’s WNBL, two WNBA titles playing for the Seattle Storm in the US, three Euro-league titles, two Russian Championship medals and one Spanish title. At three Olympics she was at the forefront of the Opals winning three Euro-league titles, two Russian Championships and one Spanish National title. At four Olympics she was at the forefront of the Opals medals assault, winning three silver medals and one bronze.
I cannot recommend this autobiography highly enough. Lauren Jackson’s frank and intimate approach to her story places this at the very top of this genre.
From the get-go Jackson’s dedication to achieving her potential was never in question.