NBA dream sparks Turner to 'be a beast' on the court
QBL beware, Rockhampton Rockets import Ray Turner is back for his second stint at the club.
The 26-year-old MVP from the Rockets 2014 grand final win is ready to repay the faith shown by coach Neal Tweedy and win a second ring for his services.
"The first year was really good, I think we finished about 14 and 2 and won the championship, it was a great experience and a great group of guys," Turner said.
"The environment and atmosphere that the game brings here in Rocky, it's fun and I really enjoy it. Glad I decided to come back. Now I am back and look forward to being here.
"Goals for right now is to finish out the season, and hopefully get a home final. And then come out on top with a championship like I did the first year.
"I gotta be a beast, while I am in the game I have to get the job done, stay out of foul trouble and make it hard for the competition and easy for my teammates."
After an short crack with the LA Lakers and a successful couple of stints in the German and Japanese leagues, Turner is comfortable in here. It is difficult to believe he is now a three-year professional in a sport began at 14.
"I was a boxer at first, I stopped doing that, started playing ball around 14," he said.
"I learned about the game quick and fell in love with it. Got college offers and finished a great four years with a degree in construction business management, now a three-year professional.
"Dream is still to make the NBA, try and give it a shot next year and see how I go.
"If not I will finish my career overseas. At the same time I have a fiancé now, so I have to think about my future and us."
Teaming up with Tweedy was a major reason why he came back to the Rockets.
"Neal is awesome, I love him and his family," he said.
"It was awesome to know kids and kick it with them. It's always good to see them. He is a good coach and he trusts his players. Puts his faith in us to do the job, so we have to make sure we do it."
Tweedy said his centre/power forward made a "perfect fit to his roster".
"You always want to bring players of his quality back, timing is an issue but it just sat nicely for us," Tweedy said.
"He will help us with rebounds, shot blocker, anchors our defence and can score alongside the best players in the league.
"Always get excited with a player like him returning, very keen to get him back. We won the title with him and always want to get those types of players back."
Turner will ignite the Rockets immediately, beginning in this weekend's away games to the Sunshine Coast RIP and Brisbane Centrals.