Seattle basketball lifer Rick Turner has a new challenge: Take the Jamaican men to the Olympics
Seattle basketball lifer Rick Turner has a new challenge: Take the Jamaican men to the Olympics

SEATTLE — I swear I was going to write this column without mentioning “Cool Runnings” or the Jamaican bobsled team. It seemed too obvious.But then Rick Turner, a Seattle basketball lifer who has taken on the ambitious task of leading Jamaica’s men’s national basketball team to the 2024 Olympics — and sustaining success with a pipeline of youth programs — brought it up, unsolicited.“The Jamaica brand, there’s a coolness to it. It resonates with people,” Turner said. “Even a guy like me can’t ruin the coolness of it. I think it’s natural for people to want to root for Jamaica.”After delving into…

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