Lauren Jackson to have hip surgery

SEATTLE -- Reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson has decided to have surgery to repair the torn labrum in her left hip and will likely be out for eight to 12 weeks.

The Seattle Storm made the announcement on Wednesday. Jackson is scheduled to have the surgery Thursday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., performed by Dr. Marc Philippon.

Jackson said after talking with the doctors and her family, surgery was determined to be the best course of action and she hopes to be able to return before the end of the WNBA season. Seattle's regular season ends on Sept. 11 at home against Chicago.

The three-time league MVP hurt the hip last week in a victory over Tulsa. The initial plan was for Jackson to have three weeks of rest and physical therapy before deciding if surgery was needed.