Australia’s Lauren Jackson thinks about retiring from basketball daily

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Lauren Jackson, a four-time Olympic basketball medalist, may make the Rio 2016 Games her farewell to the sport.

“That would be a great opportunity for me to say goodbye,” Jackson said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jackson, 33, is a three-time WNBA MVP and longtime stalwart of the Australian national team, which lost gold-medal games to the U.S. at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and won bronze in 2012.

“I want to win gold with the Opals more than anything,” Jackson told the newspaper.

Jackson missed the 2014 World Championships following hip and knee injuries and is reportedly facing a knee surgery shortly. Without her, Australia still gave the U.S. its closest game at the World Championships, an 82-70 semifinal affair.

Injuries also kept Jackson from playing for her WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, since 2012.

“There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think, ‘I can’t do this anymore’ — it’s hard,” Jackson said, according to the newspaper. “It’s been frustrating to have that word — retirement — bandied around.

“But it’s something I think about every single day.”

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