Brondello already lifting Opals: Jackson

Oliver Caffrey
AAP

Lauren Jackson says the impact of Sandy Brondello's appointment as Opals coach is already being felt within Australian basketball.

The Opals' greatest player believes the team is clawing their way back from the disastrous quarter-final exit at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Brondello took the top job last April, sharing it with her duties in charge of WNBL franchise Phoenix Mercury, and has led the rebuild.

"The women's game has sort of slid since Rio and we need to become medal contenders again on the world stage," Jackson said.

"They're doing it by rebuilding with a new coach Sandy Brondello, who is an amazing coach.

"She has great experience and knows the women's game inside and out, so she'll definitely have a huge impact on the girls and have them back in medal contention in no time."

While the Opals are attempting to regain respect around the basketball world, they are the hottest of favourites to win gold at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia begins it campaign on April 5 in Townsville against rank outsiders Mozambique before clashes with Canada and England.

Jackson led the Opals to victory the last time basketball was played at the Games - at Melbourne in 2006.

The 36-year-old says anything less than a gold medal at the Gold Coast would be considered a failure, but the team should embrace the experience of playing in front of a home crowd.

"They should should be having fun and winning gold medals," Jackson said.

"Liz Cambage is going to be there, so it's awesome for Australia to see her play.

"It'll be fun for Australia as a country to see them dominate.

"The last Comm Games was the last time Australia played in front of a packed home crowd, but it was so much fun winning a gold medal in front of 10,000 fans."