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Christian Laettner tweets ‘This type of crap didn’t happen from ’89-’92” following Duke’s loss to Mercer

Mar 21, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

Duke AP

They may have been wearing uniforms reminiscent of Duke’s glory days in the early 1990s, but the Blue Devils did not yield the same results on Friday afternoon as No. 14 seed Mercer handed No. 3 seed Duke an early NCAA tournament exit; the second time in four years Duke lost its first tournament game.

With four different channels, apps and Twitter it wasn’t hard to keep up with the game. However, Duke legend Christian Laettner was on a flight during the 12:15 p.m. tip. When he got word of the upset, he, like the rest of the nation, was stunned.

Despite not watching a minute of action, he was still able to diagnose Duke’s problem.

On Friday, 37 of Duke’s 62 shots were from beyond the 3-point line. To the Blue Devils’ credit, they hit 15 of them. However, only two of those treys came from Rodney Hood (2-for-5) while Jabari Parker missed all three of his attempts from behind the arc. The two leading scorers combined for 20 points of 6-of-24 shooting.

Mercer forced Duke to shoot, which the Blue Devils did, settling with jumpers rather than getting the ball inside or getting Parker touches in the post.

Laettner wasn’t done with his Twitter rant, he left the Duke’s fan base with this message:

Duke ended the year with two consecutive losses in a 26-9 season. Mercer advances to the Round of 32 to play No. 11 seed Tennessee, which won its second game in 48 hours in a lopsided win over No. 6 seed UMass.

  1. thetooloftools - Mar 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    cue “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen. It’s a shame Christian got curb stomped and manhandled in the pros.
    ZERO game.
    One turn around jumper at the Spectrum does not a career make.

    • bigmeechy74 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      I’m not even a duke fan but that’s one of the dumbest comments of all time. The fact that you got 18 thumbs up for it is mind boggling. He was a GREAT college player. Who gives a crap about the pros? Bobby hurley was a great college player too. He sucked in the pros. Whats your point? And to think his career was just that shot at the spectrum shows me that you are probably 16 years old and have no clue what the hell you are talking about.

    • bigfootersteve - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      He averaged about 17 points and 7 rebounds a game before his injuries. But yeah, what a curb stomped’, zero game dude he was. Poor guy only had one good game his entire life at the Spectrum. Barely got off the bench every other game of his career, lol.

    • pedronorte - Apr 9, 2014 at 6:06 AM

      12.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG over 13 NBA seasons isn’t exactly “curb-stomped”… And, it is an undeniable fact that he easily had one of the finest Division I collegiate careers ever– and this is coming from an avid basketball fan that really did not like him or Duke over his career– I don’t use the word hate in describing sports, but let’s just say my anti-Duke/Laettner sentiment was up there… But, facts are facts, he was an outstanding collegian and whether you love him or hate him, the length of his pro career along with his career averages reflect that he had a significantly better than average pro career.

    • sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      First, his college career was one of the best college basketball careers ever. Your comment shows you know very little about college basketball.

      His career PER in the NBA was 16.9

      A PER of 15.0 is league average so his career was above average.

      Here are just some of the players that Laettner’s career PER was HIGHER than…

      Andrew Bogut
      Rashard Lewis
      Monta Ellis
      Thaddeus Young
      Rolando Blackman
      Andre Iguodola
      Orlando Woolridge
      Doc Rivers
      Reggie Theus
      Lamar Odom
      Tom Chambers
      Jamaal Wilkes
      Maurice Cheeks
      Gerald Wallace
      Richard Hamilton

      And many others… Now, I am NOT saying he should be in the Hall of Fame because he should not be. But his PER is higher than at least 5 Hall of Fame players I’m aware of and probably more.

      But there is much more to a career than PER I realize.

      My point is that Laettner was an above average NBA player. Was he great? NO, not at all. But he was a good pro, solid.

  2. musketmaniac - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    in his best Richard Pryor voice, Eddie Murphy told Bill Cosby to have a coke and a smile shut the fick up

  3. General37 - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Probably the greatest college career ever, when you factor in all the titles and the final fours, THE SHOT, and being selected to the real only dream team in1992

  4. willnit - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    He can pretty much say what he wants. Because it’s true.

  5. musketmaniac - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Duke fans don’t drink the koolade they bath in that shyt. Than force everybody else to drink it.

    • jaxjhawk - May 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      That’s funny…. they don’t bathe

  6. lmtorres - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    I would reserve greatest college career arguments for Jabbar, Walton and Robertson before I’d bestow that title to Laettner.

    • ku62 - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:20 AM

      Do you mean Alcindor? Jabbar never played college ball . . .

      • lcovington80 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        You are really dumb , ignorant and very stupid .

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