Friday, January 20, 2012

Christian Laettner Lands D-League Coaching Position

Former Duke University star Christian Laettner has landed a coaching position in the NBA Development League.

Laettner will be Steve Gansey's assistant coach with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The former Duke star hopes to eventually land a head job in college basketball:

An article on NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk explained why Laettner might be wanting to get back into a paying gig – so he can pay back Shawne Merriman, namely – but the wildcard in this hire will be what exactly Laettner is able to bring to the table for the Mad Ants. The 42-year-old doesn’t have any prior coaching experience and had a pretty nondescript professional career after a standout amateur career. Laettner led Duke to a pair of championships and was a part of the original Dream Team prior to failing to live up to NBA expectations, but told Lost Lettermen last year that he has high hopes for his coaching career.

“Well, the ultimate goal is to get a big-time head college coaching job,” Laettner said. “If nothing happens in the college ranks, I’ve got to go to the NBA pre-draft camp this year in Chicago and let the people in the NBA know that I’m ready to be an assistant coach.”

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Ex-Kentucky Wildcat Ramon Harris is currently on the Fort Wayne roster. He is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds this season.

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