Chat with Christian Laettner
Laettner is probably best known for his game-winning shot against Kentucky in the 1992 East regional final. Laettner's buzzer-beater helped him finish the game 10-for-10 from the field and 10-for-10 from the free throw line. He holds many NCAA tournament records, including most points scored (407) and most games played (23).
Laettner is teaming up with Vitamin Water to provide one lucky fan with a chance to go to the Final Four in Detroit and to meet Laettner and Rick Pitino. Fans can participate in Revive to Survive by submitting their own videos of recreations of some of the famous tournament moments.
Send your questions now and join Laettner Tuesday at 2:35 p.m. ET!
Christian Laettner (2:39 PM)
I'm glad to be here to answer all your questions. We're doing the Revive to Survive campaign for Vitamin Water! Go to www.ncaa.com/revive for your chance to win tickets to the Final Four in Detroit.
jim (chapel hill, nc)
What is your favorite vitamin water flavor?
Christian Laettner (2:40 PM)
I have two. My favorite is revive and my second favorite is the lemonade.
Jake (Topeka, Kansas) [via mobile]
Do you see Kansas making a run in the ncaa tournament?
Christian Laettner (2:41 PM)
I do. They had a good win last night over OU and I see them getting better and better as the season goes on.
scott(Wilson NC) [via mobile]
How far do you think UNC will go in the NCAA Tournament?
Christian Laettner (2:42 PM)
I pick Carolina to make the Final Four this year.
Grr (Orlando, FL)
How often does your shot against Kentucky come up in conversation between you and Coach Pitino?
Christian Laettner (2:44 PM)
(laughing) Well we worked together last week for three hours and we talked about the shot for about 2 1/2 of those three hours.
Robbie-Fort Wayne, IN [via mobile]
what was it like playing in a crazy arena like cameron indoor?
Christian Laettner (2:45 PM)
It was and is the greatest atmosphere to play in. If you what the whole college basketball experience you have to go to a game at Cameroon Indoor!
Dre, des moines, ia [via mobile]
What means more to you, winning the natinal championship or winning a gold medal?
Christian Laettner (2:47 PM)
I would say winning the two National Champions because I was a bigger part of those teams. The Olympics in '92, I didn't contribute that much. I had more to do with winning the National Championships than I did the gold medal.
Ike (Sioux City, IA)
Good afternoon Christian. Do you have any aspirations to get into coaching basketball at any level?
Christian Laettner (2:48 PM)
I do. When I'm older and my children have grown up, I would like to coach in the NBA. Hopefully that can happen within the next five to 10 years.
Fraser, pennsylvania [via mobile]
What factors made you such an intense and successful competitor at the college level?
Christian Laettner (2:50 PM)
That's a good question! I had an older brother that would beat me in everything and then he would rub my nose in it and that made me work even harder. Also Coach K is very good at getting his players ready to play at a high level every night.
Chris (Omaha,NE) [via mobile]
Do you think Memphis is rated to high for playing in such a soft conference?
Christian Laettner (2:51 PM)
No I don't. I think they have a great team and a great coach!
George (raliegh, NC) [via mobile]
Who is your favorite player to watch at Duke?
Christian Laettner (2:52 PM)
Right now it's Gerald Henderson. He's so explosive and athletic.
Jordan: (union city CA) [via mobile]
Who is your favorite NBA player right now and why?
Christian Laettner (2:53 PM)
That's a hard question. I would say Dwight Howard and LeBron James because they dominate the game so much.
Christian Laettner (2:56 PM)
Thanks for all the great questions! Be sure to check out www.ncaa.com/blog/revive.html for your chance to meet me and Coach Rick Pitino at this year's Final Four in Detroit sponsored by Vitamin Water!