Jackson says surgery saved her basketball career

Updated at: 02/12/2014 11:57 PM

(AP) MELBOURNE, Australia - MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson says her basketball career could have ended if she had not undergone surgery this week on her knee and Achilles tendon.

The three-time WNBA Most Valuable player had surgery Monday night to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee and an ongoing problem in her left Achilles tendon.

Jackson, 32, faces a four-month recovery program and will almost certainly miss the start of the WNBA season.

On her Twitter page, the Australian forward posted Wednesday: "I was told last night this knee injury would have been career ending if I had of left it, so I am just lucky that I had the right people and the right advice around me to come home and get it fixed."

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