March 19, 2013
Christian Laettner - Once rich enough to almost buy the Girzzlies, Laettner's fortune has been lost to real estate deals gone sour, and he resorted to making a playing comeback last season in the American Basketball Association. Laettner was then an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the remainder of the season, but was not retained for this year, and now runs the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy. On the academy's website, you can buy self-aggrandizing t-shirts featuring the slogan "I still heart Laettner".
April 19, 2011
Christian Laettner - A few years ago, Laettner was rich enough to almost buy the Memphis Grizzlies. This is no longer the case, however; his real estate business, ran with former team mate Brian Davis, has fallen on hard times, recently defaulting on a $3 million loan to Shawne Merriman. Laettner is now trying to make it as a coach. To that end, Laettner has started his own basketball academy, the website to which carries this message:
I offer discounts to all players, teams and coaches who hail from the states of Kentucky, North Carolina and Connecticut. This comes from the compassion and generosity of my heart and soul for causing you all so much pain, agony and hate over my four year career at Duke!!
August 12, 2010
After the Jones buyout came their renouncements. With the team option on Mario Chalmers exercised, the team promptly renounced everyone other than Dwyane Wade [sic] and Joel Anthony. This meant that 10 free agents from the previous season were renounced; Jermaine O'Neal, Quentin Richardson, Udonis Haslem, Dorell Wright, Yakhouba Diawara, Rafer Alston, Carlos Arroyo, Jamaal Magloire, Shavlik Randolph and Kenny Hasbrouck. Some free agents from previous seasons were also still clogging up cap space; namely, Alonzo Mourning, Steve Smith, John Wallace, Wang Zhi Zhi, Gary Payton, Bimbo Coles, Christian Laettner, and Shandon Anderson. In total, before these renouncements took place, Miami's free agent cap holds amounted to a total of $88,184,132, $24,166,800 alone was for Jermaine O'Neal.
April 1, 2010
- Christian Laettner
Laettner sold his share in MLS team D.C. United back in October. His real estate venture, Blue Devil Ventures, was recently sued for defaulting on millions in loans, and the same happened to this other venture of his. It is perhaps fortunate, then, that Michael Heisley did not sell the Grizzlies to him after all.
Here is Christian Laettner still milking it, many years later.
Is it just me, or does Christian Laettner look like a cross between Dave Devilfish Ulliott and Ray Liotta? Nah, maybe not.