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Lauren Jackson returns to hoops in Melbourne Boomers' executive role

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Lauren Jackson's first job since retiring from basketball won't be far from the court.

Jackson, a former WNBA star who retired in March after knee injuries ended a 20-year career, was announced Wednesday as the executive and commercial operations manager for the Melbourne Boomers of the domestic WNBL.

Jackson will also sit on the board of the Boomers, a financially troubled team that was formerly known as Bulleen. She and other new executive members are part of an ownership restructuring hoping to save the 33-year-old team.

"I didn't want to see Melbourne go under," said Jackson, a three-time WNBA MVP and an Australian Olympic team stalwart. "I wanted to be part of something that could be potentially really special."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.