Who is Christian Laettner and what is his net worth 2019? Christian Laettner is a celebrated former American Basketball player. He achieved the record of being a Star player of National championships in two consecutive years 1991 and 1992. He is also famous for his 1992 match-winning shot in the final match against Kentucky. Another feather in the cap is his inclusion in the 1992 Dream Team.
Christian Laettner played NBA for 13 seasons. He set many records during this period. He was to born poor Polish Catholics, George and Bonnie Laettner and brought up in Angola, New York. He studied in a Nichols School a private school for which he and his family had to make financial sacrifices.
Laettner presently lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He has three children with his wife Lisa, whom he divorced in March 2016. He started several unsuccessful business ventures along with his Duke teammate Brian Davis. He was introduced to the world of Basketball in school.
During the years 1988 – 92, Laettner played for his University – Duke. They won two national titles under him. He won 21 of the 23 NCAA tournaments he played.
Laettner was the only collegian to have been selected for the 1992 Olympic team that ultimately won the Gold medal. His average points per game during the Olympics was 4.8. He was on the All-Rookie team in 1992 and became a member of All-Star Game in 1997.
Laettner is quite famous for a game-winning shot against Kentucky in 1992. His game-winning shot in the match is considered legendary and has been used even in Commercials. His misconduct in the same game attracted criticism from the opposing team.
Laettner retired from professional basketball in 2005. He has played NBA for 13 years with six different teams. He averaged 16.6 points at the start of his career. Since 2011, he has been playing Semi-pro games, served as assistant coach for NBA development league.
After his career in Basketball, he ventured into the Real estate with Blue Devil Ventures. Losses in this venture, due to the economic meltdown, amounted to $30 million. More losses are estimated which might lead Christian to Bankruptcy.
In 2010, Laettner was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of fame. He was inducted into ACC Hall of fame in 2017 because of a popular 90.0% public vote.
He is the member of the US Dream team 1992, which was inducted into both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and US Olympic Hall of Fame.
He received the “Outstanding Performance under Pressure”, Outstanding College Basketball Performer of the year and College Basketball Play of the Year from sports channel ESPN in 1993.
He was the National Player of the year – 1992,
His shot in the historic match against Kentucky has been ranked 5th most memorable sports history moment by the 2006 show “The Best Damn Sports Show Period”.
Some of his NCAA tournament records:
• most number of games – 23,
• most points – 407,
• most free throw attempts – 607
Net Worth of Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner’s Net worth is $11 million attributed to his earnings as an NBA player. Though his salary alone was $61 million after retirement, losses in his various joint business ventures reduced his net worth drastically.
Christian Laettner was one of the greatest Basketball players to have played NBA. His venture into business was not as successful. What he earned in Basketball, he lost in his business ventures.