The Seattle Storm announced Wednesday that Lauren Jackson will not play with the team during the 2013 season.
According to officials, Jackson has chosen to remain in Australia to rehabilitate following her recent hamstring surgery.
“We support Lauren’s decision to take time off and let her body fully recover,” said Storm Head Coach and General Manager Brian Agler. “Lauren is the best player in the world at her position so it will be impossible to replace her but we are moving forward. We also truly appreciate the time and effort Ann and her family gave to the Storm in 2012. She is a fantastic person and great player. We wish her the best of luck in the future. We are focused on free agency and preparing for the 2013 season. I’m confident in our coaching staff and our players that we will compete each and every night out. The Western Conference will be as competitive as it’s ever been and we expect to be right in the thick of things.”
Storm officials said Jackson is expected to play with the team in 2014.