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Lauren Jackson to wait to decide on Rio Olympics

Lauren Jackson

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Lauren Jackson #15 of Australia shoots against Russia during their Basketball Game on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena on August 11, 2012 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Former WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson will wait until March to make a final decision on whether to play in her fifth Olympics for Australia.

The 34-year-old former Seattle Storm forward has been struggling with a right knee injury and spent time in hospital last month.

The Olympics are in August, and Jackson said, “Rio is still my goal ... I had a really good discussion with our coach Brendan Joyce yesterday, and he said, ‘We want you to stay here until March and see what happens.”’

Jackson won Olympic silver medals in 2000, ’04 and ’08 and collected bronze at London in 2012, when she was Australia’s flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony.

She remains hopeful of recovering in time, saying “I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think there was a little bit of hope.”

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