If you are a Kentucky fan who would like nothing more for Christmas than the opportunity to set on fire the jersey Christian Laettner wore when he hit the shot that beat Kentucky, now is your chance.
Darren Rovell of espn.com reports that Laettner’s jersey is up for auction at Lelands.com, which has set a reserve price at $100,000.
Lattener doesn’t own the jersey and the current owner wishes to remain anonymous and has not revealed his reasons for selling the jersey at this time. Rovell reports Laettner gave the jersey to the owner at the end of that 1991-92 season.
We don’t need to go over the history here, do we? Ok, one more time won’t hurt. Laettner’s shot at the buzzer gave Duke a 104-103 overtime win over Kentucky in the 1992 East Region final of the NCAA Tournament. Many consider it the best college basketball game ever played.
To his credit, Laettner has played along with his place in Kentucky basketball history. He filmed a Vitamin Water commercial with Rick Pitino making light of the shot.
He took part in a “Villains” game against UK alums for charity in 2011. In October, the 44-year-old Laettner reunited with Deron Feldhaus, who played for Kentucky in that 1992 game, for a fund-raiser in Northern Kentucky.
Laettner was recently in Colorado — he loves snowboarding — for a basketball clinic and told a reporter he is actually more proud of Duke’s title in 1991.
“The thing I am most proud of is my first championship at Duke, my junior year,” he said. “The thing I am recognized the most for is the Kentucky shot. But you don’t play sports to hit a buzzer beater. You play sports to win a championship.”
Duke photo by Amy Sancetta/AP
Christian Laettner’s NBA career
- Minnesota Timberwolves (1992-96)
- Atlanta Hawks (1996-99)
- Detroit Pistons (1999-2000)
- Dallas Mavericks (2000-01)
- Washington Wizards (2001-04)
- Miami Heat (2004-05)