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Encyclopedia > Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner
Position Center/Power forward
Height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Born August 17, 1969 (1969-08-17) (age 38)
Angola, New York
Nationality American
College Duke
Draft 3rd overall, 1992
Minnesota Timberwolves
Pro career 1992–2005
Former teams Minnesota Timberwolves 1992-96
Atlanta Hawks 1996-98
Detroit Pistons 1999-2000
Dallas Mavericks 2000-01
Washington Wizards 2001-04
Miami Heat 2004-05
Awards 1992 USBWA College Player of the Year
John R. Wooden Award 1992

Naismith College Player of the Year 1992
NABC National Player of the Year 1992
The Sporting News National Player of the Year 1992
AP National Player of the Year 1992
Scripps-Howard National Player of the Year 1992
ACC Male Athlete of the Year 1991, 92
ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year 1992
ACC Tournament MVP 1992
NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player 1991
NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player 1990, 92
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Swett Memorial Trophy (Duke MVP) 1990, 91, 92
Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1992 Barcelona Team Competition
World Championship
Bronze 1990 Argentina Team Competition

Christian Donald Laettner (born August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York) is a former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA and an American entrepreneur. He starred for the 1991 and 1992 NCAA champion Duke University Blue Devils. He is considered one of the greatest collegiate players of all time.[1] In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... This article is about the sport. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Basketball has been played consistently at the Summer Olympic Games since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. ... The 92 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... Final results for the Basketball competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics. ... The FIBA World Championship (also called the Basketball World Championship) is a world basketball tournament for mens national teams held quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). ... The United States mens national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international mens basketball. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Position within Erie County. ... This article is about the sport. ... NBA redirects here. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... NCAA redirects here. ... Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. ... Duke Universitys 26 varsity sports teams, known as the Blue Devils, compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ... Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ...

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College career

Laettner's #32 jersey was retired in 1992, making him the sixth of thirteen players so honored by Duke.[2] He averaged 16.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game at Duke and is the all-time three-point shooting percentage leader at Duke with 48.5%. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2007 In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or simply three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ...


Laettner is one of only four players (including teammates Greg Koubek and Brian Davis) to play in four consecutive Final Fours, and the only one to ever start in all four Final Fours. He owns the record for most tournament games played, which may never be beaten (to do so, someone would have to play in four straight Finals). Brian Keith Davis (born June 21, 1970, in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is an American former college and professional basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (48th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ... This article is about NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship. ...


NCAA Tournament Records Held:

  • Most points scored: 407[3]
  • Most free throws made: 142
  • Most free throw attempts: 167
  • Most games played: 23

He played for the US national team in the 1990 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[4] The United States mens national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international mens basketball. ... The 1990 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Argentina from August 8 to August 20, 1990. ...


1992 East regional final game

Laettner is especially known for his game-winning last-second jump shot in Duke's dramatic 104-103 victory over Kentucky in the East regional final of the 1992 NCAA Tournament, acclaimed by many as the "greatest college basketball game ever played." Footage of Laettner's buzzer beater shot is frequently included in televised montages depicting college basketball and the NCAA tournament, and in 2003 it was used in a nationally televised commercial by Allstate. In the game as a whole, Laettner made ten of ten shots from the field and ten of ten from the free throw line. His performance in the game as a whole earned him a 1993 ESPY Award for "Outstanding Performance Under Pressure," and the shot in particular received the 1993 ESPY for "College Basketball Play of the Year." Laettner also received the 1993 ESPY for "Outstanding College Basketball Performer of the Year."[5] The shot was also named the most memorable basketball shot of all-time (including the NBA, college, and high school) by The Best Damn Sports Show Period in 2007[6] and the fifth most unforgettable sports moment of all-time across all sports in 2006.[7] The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The 1992 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... Buzzer Beater ) is a manga series by Takehiko Inoue. ... The Allstate Corporation NYSE: ALL is the largest publicly held personal lines insurer in the United States. ... It has been suggested that Three point play be merged into this article or section. ... The 10th Anniversary ESPY Award. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Best Damn Sports Show Period is a sports talk show on Fox Sports Net. ...


Earlier in the game, as Kentucky's Aminu Timberlake was lying on the floor after a foul, Laettner stomped on his chest.[8] Unhurt, Timberlake got up laughing and clapped, and Laettner was assessed a contact technical foul on the play,[9] but was not ejected.[10][11] Laettner later said "There was nothing vengeful in it. I had to put my foot down because I needed some balance. I didn't step hard. They (the Kentucky players) realized that. They didn't think it was a dirty play."[12]


Dream Team (1992)

Laettner was the only college player on the original "Dream Team," which won the Olympic Gold medal in 1992 and is considered to be one of the greatest basketball teams ever assembled.[13] This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... Gold Medal is an album by American band The Donnas, released in 2004. ...


Professional career

Laettner was drafted third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves after Shaquille O'Neal (1st overall) and Alonzo Mourning (2nd overall) in the 1992 NBA Draft, all three of whom later played together on the 2004-05 Miami Heat. During his 13-year NBA journeyman career Laettner was a member of the Timberwolves, the Atlanta Hawks, the Detroit Pistons, the Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors (though he never played a game for them), and the Miami Heat. While Laettner never became the superstar some expected, he was voted onto the All-Rookie First Team in 1992-93 and was an All-Star reserve in 1996-97. After missing most of the 1998-99 season due to a torn achilles, his playing time and numbers declined. Laettner was suspended five games without pay in 2003-04 after violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.[14] He finished his career in 2004-05 as a reserve with the Miami Heat. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL) (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. ... 1992 NBA Draft - 24 June 1992, Portland, Oregon Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ...


Business and philanthropy

Laettner co-owns the community development company Blue Devil Ventures (BDV) with former Duke teammate Brian Davis and Duke alumnus Tom Niemann. Since 1995, BDV has been developing a community in downtown Durham, North Carolina named "West Village." BDV's website describes West Village as a "mixed-use, upscale community consisting of the adaptive-reuse of historic tobacco warehouses built between 1899 and 1926 and located in the Brightleaf District."[15] Duke University is a private coeducational research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. ... Brian Keith Davis (born June 21, 1970, in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is an American former college and professional basketball player who was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round (48th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft. ... Nickname: Location in North Carolina Coordinates: , Country State Counties Durham, Orange, Wake Government  - Mayor Bill Bell Area  - City  94. ...


In 2001, Laettner donated $1 million to his high school, Nichols School in Buffalo, New York to create a scholarship fund for students in financial need and to aid in the completion of a new gymnasium. [16] In 2005, Laettner and Davis donated $2 million to Duke's men's basketball program to endow an athletic scholarship and support the construction of a planned athletics center and basketball practice facility.[17] Their donation to the Duke Legacy Fund — which seeks to make the Duke basketball program financially self-sufficient — represents the largest donation by former Duke basketball players to the program since Grant Hill endowed a $1 million scholarship in 2000. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ...


In October 2006, an investment group including Laettner and former teammate Brian Davis had agreed to purchase the 70% share of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies from current majority owner, Michael Heisley. Laettner considered coming out of retirement to play with the team,[18] but the purchase fell through when Davis and Laettner couldn’t come up with the $252 million needed to purchase Heisley’s controlling share.[19] Laettner and Davis (as minority owners) were successful in their bid to purchase operating rights for Major League Soccer's D.C. United[20][19]. Laettner previously joined Jason Kidd and other investors in the purchase of a AAA baseball team in Phoenix.[21] October 2006 is the tenth month of that year and has yet to occur. ... This is an article about the National Basketball Association team; for the defunct World Football League team, see Memphis Southmen. ... Michael E. Heisley is an American businessman who is the majority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Major League Soccer (MLS) is a professional soccer league sanctioned by FIFA as the top flight of the American Soccer Pyramid. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Full name D.C. United Nickname United, Black-and-Red Stadium RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. Coach Tom Soehn, 2006— Owner D.C. United Holdings First Game San Jose Clash 1–0 D.C. United (Spartan Stadium; April 6, 1996) Largest Win D... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country State County Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ...


Trivia

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References

  1. ^ SI.com - 2005 NCAA Basketball Tournament - Wahl: Laettner had perfect timing on the postseason stage - Thursday March 31, 2005 1:15PM
  2. ^ Duke Legends
  3. ^ WashingtonWizards.com Mailbox: Christian Laettner
  4. ^ 1990 USA Basketball
  5. ^ The 2002 ESPY Awards - ESPY Awards past winners
  6. ^ The Best Damn Sports Show Period - aired March 14, 2007.
  7. ^ FOX Sports on MSN - Television - Best Damn's Top 50 Unforgettable Sports Moments
  8. ^ To Ban Laettner, or Not, published March 30, 1992
  9. ^ Doyel Baits K, by DBR, March 6th, 2007
  10. ^ Sellers Drops His Suit Against N.C.A.A., published June 25, 1992
  11. ^ http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/Games/19920328Duke.html
  12. ^ Juliano, Joe, "Duke's Magician Saved his Best for the Finish", Philadelphia Inquirer, published March 29, 1992.
  13. ^ NBA.com: The Original Dream Team
  14. ^ CBC Sports. "NBA suspends Wizards' Laettner" 15 January 2004. Accessed 06 February 2008.
  15. ^ http://www.bluedevilventures.com/westvillage.html
  16. ^ NBA.com: Christian Laettner Bio
  17. ^ Laettner, Davis Give $2 Million to Legacy Fund, New Athletic Facility
  18. ^ Memphis Grizzlies, Christian Laettner, National Basketball Association - CBSSports.com
  19. ^ a b Owner sets May 1 deadline to take team off market. Retrieved on 28 April, 2007.
  20. ^ Davis remains a team player : Grizzlies : Commercial Appeal
  21. ^ NBA.com: Christian Laettner Bio
  22. ^ NBA.com Player Bio

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Awards
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Anderson Hunt
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
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1991
Succeeded by
Bobby Hurley
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ACC Male Athlete of the Year
19911992
Succeeded by
Charlie Ward
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Larry Johnson
Naismith College Player of the Year (men)
1992
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Calbert Cheaney
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Larry Johnson
John R. Wooden Award (men)
1992
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