Basketball icon Lauren Jackson goes down with injury just 62 seconds into farewell basketball game

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Lauren Jackson’s unrivalled basketball career appears to have ended on a heart-breaking note after the Opals legend suffered a likely Achilles injury in her WNBL tribute match.

Jackson is set to undergo scans after limping off just over a minute into the Southside Flyers’ one-point loss to the Sydney Flames on Saturday night at John Cain Arena.

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The round 13 encounter was specifically being played to honour Jackson, who will bow out of the game for the second and last time at the end of the season.

The historic event had drawn a WNBL-record 7681 fans, but the mother-of-two’s farewell was just 62 seconds old when it ended in disaster.

She and Jocelyn Wolloughby clashed knees, causing 41-year-old Jackson’s to twist awkwardly.

In tears as she left the court, the basketball icon returned to the bench early in the second quarter on crutches.

Warmed by the record crowd and their reaction to a pre-game highlight reel of her epic career, the former WNBA MVP put on a brave face.

She said the injury wasn’t related to the broken foot she has been playing with since December.

An injured and helpless Lauren Jackson watches on from the bench. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

“This was absolutely incredible. To be a part of it was just magic, but it was a shame I couldn’t play more than 10 seconds,” Jackson said on court after the match.

“I’ll see what I’ve done … but the good news is that it’s not my broken foot, it’s the other (leg).

“I think it’s my Achilles.”

Jackson returned from injury-forced basketball retirement last year to help the Opals to a bronze medal at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Sydney.

Lauren Jackson was in tears after suffering the injury. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Sitting third, the Flyers appear finals-bound in the WNBL with four games remaining.

The former WNBA star said she felt something “pop” when the injury occurred.

“I felt something pop and I said to the referee, ‘I don’t think I can walk’,” Jackson said.

“I don’t know whatever it is. I will go get scans and hopefully, this is just a stinger or something but I don’t know.

“I think we have the best team in the league, there’s no doubt about it, and I’ve just got to regroup and get back out there.”

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