Christian Donald Laettner (/ˈleɪtnər/, layt-nər; born August 17, 1969) is an American former basketball player, entrepreneur, and basketball coach. He had a distinguished college and national team career, and played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for thirteen seasons, from 1992–2005. He was also a minority holder in the Major League Soccer (MLS) club D.C. United from 2007 until 2009. He is a current assistant coach of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Laettner played for the Duke University Blue Devils, starring on the 1991 and 1992 NCAA National Championship teams. He was the only college player selected for the US national team in 1992, nicknamed the “Dream Team”. Sometimes considered the greatest team ever assembled in any sport, the Dream Team won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics. He was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1992 NBA draft and went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA, including an NBA All-Star Game selection in 1997 while a member of the Atlanta Hawks. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 as an individual, and as a member of the “Dream Team” he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.



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