Originally written on Seattle Times  |  Last updated 9/10/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Suzie Batkovic # 8 and Lauren Jackson # 15 of Australia share a laugh after Australia defeated Belarus in the women's preliminary basketball game at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson was officially named one of 24 finalists for the Australian Olympic pool on Thursday. She's expected to captain of the squad, missing the first half of the WNBA season to prepare and compete in the London Games. The Storm has to pay Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, her full salary in order to keep her eligible to return after the Games in August. Seattle has 10 home matchups lined up for after a league-wide Olympic break. Jackson, 30, is a three-time Olympic silver medalist. She recently returned from left hip surgery and believes this Olympics might be her last on the grand stage. Because of the possible swan song and the Aussies talent pool, Jackson said she wanted to do everything possible to give her country a chance to win. "We're talking about possibly playing the Americans," Jackson told me last year. "They could field three teams and win gold, silver and bronze. But we have some talent, too, and I want to have the opportunity to give it the best sho...
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