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Jeff Turner
Power forward/center
Born April 9, 1962 (1962-04-09) (age 47)
Bangor, Maine
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
College Vanderbilt
Draft 17th overall, 1984
New Jersey Nets
Pro career 1984–1996
Former teams New Jersey Nets (1984–1987)
Orlando Magic (1989–1996)
Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for  United States
Gold 1984 Los Angeles National team
World Championships
Silver 1982 Colombia National team

Jeffrey Steven Turner (born April 9, 1962 in Bangor, Maine) is a retired American professional basketball player and broadcasting announcer. Turner played ten NBA seasons (1984–1987; 1989–1996), spending time with the New Jersey Nets as well as the Orlando Magic. He ended his NBA career with 3,697 career points. Turner was a 6' 9" forward/center. After his career ended he spent nine years as a color commentator for the Magic. He currently serves as the head boys basketball coach at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida

Turner starred as a college player for Vanderbilt University. He was selected by the New Jersey Nets with the 17th pick of the 1984 NBA Draft.

Turner was a member of the Gold Medal 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team coached by Bobby Knight. The team included Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Steve Alford. Turner also played for the US national team in the 1982 FIBA World Championship, winning the silver medal.[1]



On June 4, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Ronnie Craven of Somerville, Massachusetts, had been posing as Turner and using the identity to facilitate sexual encounters with women he met in online chat rooms. His ruse also included the additional falsehood that "Jeff Turner" was employed in the front office of the Seattle SuperSonics (Turner has never worked for the Sonics). Craven says he has received a cease-and-desist order from a lawyer for the Sonics. Craven said he was embarrassed and would stop lying about his identity.[2]

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