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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Christian Laettner

(Born August 17, 1969) -- You probably could argue that Christian Laettner had one of the greatest careers in college basketball history. You couldn’t argue where he came from.

Laettner was born in Angola, and went to Nichols High School. There he scored more than 2,000 points and won two state titles. Laettner became one of the most heavily recruited players in the country.

The forward picked Duke for his college destination, and he wore #32 because he was a fan of O.J. Simpson when he was a tyke. Laettner became one of four college players to participate in four straight Final Fours. The center/forward won two national championships.

Laettner had a nice summer vacation in 1992 when he played on the most famous basketball team ever assembled -- 1992 United States Olympic team. Laettner picked up a gold medal.

He was drafted by the Timberwolves in the first round, and played for six teams through 2005. Laettner averaged more than 13 points per game. He reportedly lives in Florida.

--- Budd Bailey

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