Former NBA player Christian Laettner revels in being the villian.
As many know, Laettner starred for Duke in the late ’80’s/early ’90’s. His brashness — coupled with his immense ability on the court — often made him a target with opposing fans. While some players would denounce the hate, Laettner welcomed it.
He’s most known for his unbelievable last-minute shot in the regional final versus Kentucky. Hauling in a baseball pass from teammate Grant Hill, Laettner nailed a turnaround jumper with no time remaining to beat the Wildcats in overtime by a score of 104-103.
It was 25 years ago this week that Laettner hit the shot — which has gone down as one of the best moments in college basketball history up to this point.
This past weekend, another No. 32 — North Carolina forward Luke Maye — nailed a last-second shot (also in the regional final) to beat Kentucky. Taking to Twitter, Laettner offered his congratulations…as well as a parting shot to Big Blue Nation:
— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 27, 2017
While no vitriol was intended with the Tweet, the slight dig certainly won’t sit well with any Kentucky supporters — particularly since it came from Laettner.