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Jeff Hornacek (born May 3 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a former NBA basketball player who played from 1986-2000. Known primarily as one of the last consummate shooters in basketball, he won the NBA 3-point competition twice, and the All-Star 2-Ball Challenge once, with Utah Starzz star Natalie Williams . He was drafted originally by the Phoenix Suns. Traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Charles Barkley in 1992, he further refined his shooting touch, and was eventually traded to the Utah Jazz in 1994. He was an instrumental part of the Jazz's drive to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, which they lost to the Chicago Bulls, and remained with them until knee problems finally forced his retirement in 2000. On 11/23/94, he set an NBA record 8 consecutive 3-pointers in a single game without a miss against the Seattle SuperSonics. That same season, he also tied an NBA record 11 consecutive 3-pointers without a miss, from 12/30/94 through 1/11/95.
Perhaps most famously, he was known during his playing time for wiping his face 3 times before every free throw. He stated publicly several times that it was a way of saying "Hello" to his children during the game.
He currently resides in Salt Lake City. There has been extensive speculation that he will eventually return to basketball as a coach at either the high school, college, or professional levels, but, as of yet, this speculation remains merely that.
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