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20 Moments of 2016 – July 15: Seattle Welcomes Back Lauren Jackson

In the days leading up to the New Year, WNBA.com is reliving the best of the league’s landmark 20th season in its 20 Moments of 2016 series. Check back each day from now until December 31 for more!

20 MOMENTS: WNBA Draft | Breanna Stewart’s Debut | Wings’ First Game in Dallas | Mystics-Sun Triple-OT | Lynx-Sparks Round 1 | WNBA Top 20@20 | Taurasi’s 7,000th Point | Hammon’s Jersey Retired | Jackson’s Jersey Retired | EDD vs. Stewie Duel | Olympians Capture Gold | Swin Cash Night | Pondexter Moves to No. 5 in Scoring | So Long, Penny | Stars Celebrate Duo | Tamika’s Farewell | Angel’s Playoff Showcase | Ogwumike Named MVP | Beard’s Finals Buzzer-Beater | An Epic Finale

The Moment

Four years after she last starred for the Seattle Storm, Lauren Jackson revisited the Emerald City as the franchise celebrated its glory years. The Storm retired Jackson’s No. 15 jersey in an emotional ceremony at KeyArena, the site of her two WNBA titles.

The Flashback

All-Access: Lauren Jackson’s Special Day In Seattle

The Significance

Jackson’s retirement in March was emotional in itself, as injuries cut the 35-year-old Aussie’s remarkable career short. But heading back to the place where she won two WNBA titles and three WNBA MVPs brought a flood of memories back.

Jackson brides the gap between the franchise’s great past and its bright future, and the Storm offered a glimpse of that future on the same night they honored their former superstar. With Jackson’s longtime running mate Sue Bird still leading the show, the Storm routed the Mystics, 80-51. Seattle’s newest duo of No. 1 draft picks, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart, put their talents on display.

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