Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson will miss her second straight WNBA season following surgery on her right knee and left Achilles, the team announced Wednesday.
"I'm so sad that I can't play this year in Seattle," said Jackson. "This injury took me by surprise and I'm just coming to grips with the severity of it."
Jackson played in China during the WNBA offseason, then returned to her native Australia Monday for surgery.
Jackson seems determined to come back in 2015.
"I want to finish my career in Seattle and I'm going to push to be as healthy as possible to do that," Jackson said. "Thank you to the fans for the support you have given me on social media. Your words mean a lot to me. Good luck to the team and the fans for a great season."
Without Jackson and point guard Sue Bird in 2013, the Storm still posted a 17-17 record and made it to the playoffs.
Jackson played just nine games for the Storm in 2012 and averaged 10.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 18.6 minutes per game. She spent much of that season in Australia training with her Olympic team, then joined the Storm after the Games were over.
Over her 12 year WNBA career, Jackson has averaged 18.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She helped the Storm to WNBA championships in 2004 and 2010.
The Storm opens the season May 16 against the L.A. Sparks at KeyArena.