Yesterday was the Storm’s first practice in Seattle since Lauren Jackson returned from her mild left Achilles strain, so I wanted to check in on her status. Jackson played sparingly in the All-Star Game to rest (seven minutes, all in the first half), but then played a normal 34-minute night Tuesday in San Antonio.
Did Jackson feel limited at all?
“Not really, I don’t think so,” she said. “It’s just a matter of getting back on the court and getting my confidence back. But I feel good. I played last game and had a couple of good practices.”
Neither Jackson nor Head Coach Brian Agler said there were any restrictions on Jackson in terms of how much she can play.
Storm rookie Ashley Walker still has rehab work to do before getting back on the floor. While Walker is able to do some work without a protective boot, doctors were still limiting her activity pending a checkup yesterday.
“Pretty much all I can really do is I can ride the bike for about 45 minutes at the longest before it starts to get real sore,” said Walker. “No running, no jogging yet. It’s still pretty tender. I’ve got to still take my time with it.”
Walker is able to shoot, but cannot jump. That limits her to free throws and set shots from the perimeter. For now, she must be patient.
“Rehab’s going good,” Walker said. “Just slow. Rehab is rehab; you have to take your time with it, let it heal.”