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I Hate Christian Laettner 

He made perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament. He's the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and was instrumental in Duke winning ... See full summary »

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Rory Karpf
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Christian Laettner ... Himself - Duke University Basketball Player
Dick Vitale ... Himself - ESPN College Basketball Analyst
Mike Krzyzewski ... Himself - Duke University Men's Basketball Coach
Jay Bilas Jay Bilas ... Himself - Duke University Assistant Basketball Coach, 1990-'92
Bobby Hurley Bobby Hurley ... Himself - Duke University Guard, 1989-'93
Gene Wojciechowski ... Himself - ESPN.com Senior Writer
Grant Hill ... Himself - Duke University Forward, 1990-'94
Doug Collins ... Himself - Coached Christian Laettner in NBA
Jalen Rose ... Himself - University of Michigan Guard, 1990-'94
Ken Jeong ... Himself
Ric Flair ... Himself - Professional Wrestler
Ryan McGee Ryan McGee ... Himself - ESPN the Magazine Senior Writer
Cherokee Parks Cherokee Parks ... Himself - Duke University Center, 1991-'95
Peter Rosenberg Peter Rosenberg ... Himself - Producer, 'This Is Why Duke Sucks'
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He made perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament. He's the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and was instrumental in Duke winning two national championships. He had looks, smarts and game. So why has Christian Laettner been disliked so intensely by so many for so long? Maybe it was the time he stomped on the chest of a downed player, or the battles he had with his teammates, or a perceived sense of entitlement. But sometimes, perception isn't reality. "I Hate Christian Laettner" will go beyond the polarizing persona to reveal the complete story behind this lightning rod of college basketball. Featuring extensive access to Laettner, previously unseen footage and perspectives from all sides, this film will be a "gloves-off" examination of the man who has been seen by many as the "Blue Devil Himself." Written by Anonymous

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USA

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English

Release Date:

15 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Worth seeing
13 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When you watch this show, you need to understand that the premise is NOT that Christian Laettner is evil or the spawn of Satan. Instead it tries to determine the many reasons why there is an odd and disproportionate hatred of this college basketball player. Sure, he was a bit cocky and did a few things on the court that were jerky, but there have been many worse players. However, his ability to rise to the occasion and win the big games and do well in front of huge crowds made him unique--and his ability to deliver in the big games made him a spoiler.

The show has a lot of old footage and many interviews--including Laettner, his fans and a few folks who really dislike him. However, I think the most telling was the guy who sang the YouTube song about how he hates Laettner and wrote about this...yet he does admit that Laettner was possibly the greatest college player ever! Well worth seeing and well made like nearly all the "30 for 30" programs.


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