The other day we posted a poll on if you would want Christian Laettner on the Duke Coaching Staff. Make sure to check the poll out and vote.
There’s no argument that most of Duke Nation would want Laettner, one of the greatest college basketball players in history, on the sidelines as one of Coach K’s assistant coaches. There are a few fans that don’t think he would necessarily be a good fit. They feel his attitude would not go over well and that Coach K wouldn’t be able to control him. Others were unhappy with this tweet he sent out after Duke’s opening round loss to Mercer:
. Oh well….live and learn! But I will say this….this type of crap didn't happen from '89-'92!! #dukedynasty89-92
— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 21, 2014
His attitude and what he tweeted are exactly why Duke SHOULD hire him. Let’s face it. In the past decade, aside from Nolan Smith, Duke has gotten soft. They don’t always play with the fire and passion you expect from Duke Basketball. Laettner can be a fresh voice to help instill that fire in the players. He can be the one to help develop leaders the team desperately needs on the court.
He can also develop our big men. How often have fans lamented that our bigs were coached by former point guards? He would be the perfect coach to work with Plumlee, Jefferson, and especially Jahlil Okafor.
Laettner would bring even more name and brand recognition to Duke Basketball (if that was even possible). He is ALMOST as famous as Coach K. You see “The Shot” at least hundred times every March because it is the greatest moment in college basketball history.
As far as the concern of his attitude and Coach K being able to control him…many must forget he did that during Laettner’s career at Duke. Christian had his moments, but Coach K always kept him reigned in just enough. Laettner would also have too much respect for Coach K to try and upstage or embarrass him on the sidelines. There would be an adjustment period, but Laettner would settle in nicely on the sidelines.
Duke likes to hire former players as assistants. Do the right thing and bring Laettner home. The future of Duke Basketball could very well depend on it.