Later this year, Lauren Jackson and Yolanda Griffith are on the Hall of Fame ballot. Jackson during her time in the league she won two championship, a three-time WNBA MVP, and the Finals MVP of the 2010 WNBA Finals.
Some would say that Jackson is not only a lock for the Hall of Fame this year, but they will argue that if it wasn’t for injuries late in her career, she would be the greatest to play women’s basketball.
WNBA legend Monique Currie is one of them. Currie was on the Clubhouse app earlier this week in the WBB WEEKLY After-Hours hosted by Girl Talks Sports TV founder Khristina Williams. During the question and answer portion Currie was asked to share some memories of both Jackson and Griffith.
“So, Yo was a little bit before my time, or at least I didn’t play against her. In the last room I was in, I said Diana Taurasi was the greatest WNBA player of all time, but Lauren, she might be the greatest WNBA player of all time. If it weren’t for injuries, I think her impact would have been even greater. I remember playing her one year, and I think she had 40 against the Mystics; she was incredible,” said Currie.
“She did not miss; she rebounded, hit pull-ups, and did everything. You just watched her with amazement; she what 6’5, 6’6? And she was like a KD before there was a KD. She is definitely one of the most exciting players to watch. She also had this I don’t give an F attitude. Australians are pretty tough, and they don’t take a lot of s***, and she was not afraid to get into people’s faces and dominant. She was a dominant player.”
Jackson’s former coach Jenny Boucek agrees with Currie.
“Lauren [Jackson] is the best player that I have ever coached,” Boucek said.
“She [could] dominate the game in so many different ways.”
Current Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud recently shared what Jackson did on the court was legendary, and Griffith was a bully on the court.
“She was so legendary and what she could do on the court. Just so fluent and smooth, and Yolanda was just a bully, said Cloud.
“She just got it done, and I have so much love and respect for the OG’s. Again, you are talking about women, who have paved the way so, I can be where I am today. So, nothing but love for both of them.”
Lauren Jackson and Kevin Durant have a couple of things in common, they both have two Championships apiece, and they spent time playing in Seattle.