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20 years after The Shot, a new start for Laettner

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By JEFF LATZKE
AP Sports Writer

TULSA, OK (AP) -- Twenty years after Christian Laettner hit The Shot to beat Kentucky and catapult Duke into the Final Four, he's seeking out a new start in basketball as a coach.

Laettner is the lone assistant coach for the Fort Wayne (IN) Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. The team is near the bottom of the D-League standings after going 0-10 in February, and yet Laettner says he's having an "absolute blast."

Laettner was one of college basketball's most successful players ever, winning two national titles and going to the Final Four all four of his seasons at Duke.

Now, he's emerging from a rocky stretch in his life during which creditors have obtained judgments totaling more than $26 million against Laettner, a business partner and their companies.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Laettner

Those Duke people are a class act. Johnny Dawkins got a judgment against Laettner and Brian Williams for $500,000 that they have made no attempt to repay. They are in court today on contempt charges since they have basically thumbed their noses by not making any attempt to re-pay. Class Act....

But...

they played for Duke...the rules don't apply.