|Do you think he still owns the gold medal?|
OK, OK. Let's get off of this Laettner Dream Team thing. He was a pretty good pro, right? He did make an All Star Game in 1997. His career average is 12.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 turnovers. Over the life of his NBA career he brought home $61 million via paychecks. He was also extremely marketable over his career as his likeness once appeared on an NCAA on ESPN commercial where Chris Farley played him. Ducket$ I say!
He's also a good guy, right? Laettner founded a community development company called Blue Devil Ventures with former Duke teammate Brian Davis. In 1995 they began developing a community in Durham, North Carolina called "West Village". Wikipedia does not tell me if they finished development but Bell Partners (a company that Laettner doesn't appear to be associated with) currently runs/manages West Village. In 2001 Christian donated $1 million to his high school for a scholarship and a new gym. Blue Devil Ventures donated $2 million to the Duke Blue Devils basketball program as well. Nice guys, right?
Blue Devil Ventures currently owes over $30 million to various creditors. These creditors include former Dukie and current Stanford Men's Basketball coach Johnny Dawkins who is owed over $671,000. BDV currently can't pay him back due to "lack of resources" they say. Classy. The list of creditors gets even better with BDV owing Scottie Pippin $2.5 million. Thankfully they paid half of this back to him. Bills Linebacker Shawne Merriman is the furthest up Sh*t Creek, North Carolina as he is owed $3.7 million.
Oh, if you want to buy that awesome shirt listed at the top of this post go to the infamous UNDRCRWN and cop one for $28. Don't worry: none of your $28 goes towards Blue Devil Ventures.