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May 17, 2009

Christian Laettner is a Jerk. It's Official - Grant Hill Said So.

Christian_laettner  From a ~February Sports Illustrated interview:

Dan Patrick (SI): This is my idea for a reality show: Have a camera crew follow Christian Laettner in full Duke uniform through Kentucky during March Madness to get people's reactions.

Grant Hill: Laettner is a little bit of a jerk, and I mean that in the nicest way.  He'd probably do it for free.

DP: Why was he such a jerk, even to his own teammates?

GH: Everything was a competition.  He liked to get under people's skin.  We had a great group of guys and we all liked each other, but Laettner was an ass.  He would pick fights with guys, like a big bully.  But it would carry over onto the court.  And he was so good, so competitive.

DP: If I said you could have traded him for Larry Johnson...

GH: Never.  I thoroughly enjoyed playing with Christian.

To my dying day, I will not understand how my Kentucky alumna mom was happy with the 1992 East Regional, even if she was a longtime Durham resident by then.  (Said mom also has a photo with Grant Hill, bent over like a question mark to stay in the picture.)  Also to my dying day, I will not understand why I continue to care.

See my favorite re-enactment here in "Lo-Def Productions Presents...Kentucky vs. Duke - Buzzer Beater":  McKinney in Durham did the brilliant piece (with Christian's own "piece").  If you dig the advertising industry, check out this related writeup.

Here is my second-favorite re-enactment, with Chris Farley:

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Image yoinked from ESPN, 2004.

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Comments

Well, of *course* he's a giant ass. Everyone on Duke campus knew this at the time. But he was an ass in the right shade of blue. ;)

Posted by: etselec | May 18, 2009 8:22:21 AM

Who cares? Duke University should know better.

Posted by: christian online advertising | Sep 3, 2009 7:23:36 PM