Suzy Batkovic says no one can replace Lauren Jackson but the Opals, as a collective, have enough to bring home a gold medal from Rio.
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Australian Olympic Committee, Basketball Australia
7 Apr 2016 - 1:43 PM  UPDATED 7 Apr 2016 - 1:43 PM

“I always love putting on the green and gold, representing my country, and I’d love to chase that elusive gold medal, which we’ve never been able to get."

“We’ve got a good mix of younger players and veterans, we’ve got good systems in place and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming to get a gold medal."

“I keep making the joke about being like a fine wine and getting better with age.”

And here's proof! She's now a 4-time winner of the WNBL most valuable player award, equalling Lauren Jackon's record.

“I’m still so passionate about playing and it’s still so much part of my life, so why not keep playing?’’

Speaking of Lauren Jackson... 

“During her career, she was a phenomenal athlete. She took the game to another level and was basically in a league of her own."

“Basketball, in general, is going to miss her presence … I don’t think one player can ever replace her. It’s going to take a fair few players to pick up the workload.’’

The Opals will head into their second Olympic camp in Gosford, NSW from April 11-16 as preparations continue to ramp up ahead of August.