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Christian Laettner Family Raised Him With Roman Catholic Values

Duke legend Laettner was raised with Roman Catholic values
Duke legend Laettner was raised with Roman Catholic values( Source : si )

Christian Laettner family are Roman Catholics from New York. Laettner was born in Angola to parents George and Bonnie.

Laettner is a former professional basketball player who played in the NBA from 1992 to 2005. Christian was drafted into the league as the 3rd overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 6'11 Laettner mostly played as a power forward or a center during his career. After graduating from Nicholas School in Buffalo, he went to Duke as a highly sought-after college recruit.

Christian's exploits with Duke at the NCAA tournament are the stuff of legends. He is considered one of the greatest players in college basketball history, with several NCAA tournament records. Honoring his career, Duke retired his number 32 jersey in 1992.

The College Basketball hall of Famer is regarded as one of the most clutch players in history. Laettner is widely remembered for his "The Shot" during a game against Kentucky Wildcats in the East Regional Final of 1992. He made the buzzer-beating shot with just 2.1 seconds on board to win the game for Duke.

During his NBA career, he played for six teams. When he called it a career in 2005 with Miami Heat, he had played 868 games and averaged 12.8 points per game, along with 2.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game.

The 1997 NBA All-Star has also been inducted into the different hall of fame as a member of the 1992 Dream Team.

Christian Laettner Grew Up In Angola

Christian Laettner grew up in New York as the third child in the household.

Laettner playing basketball during high school
Laettner playing basketball during high school ( Source : twitter )

Born in 1969 as Christian Donald Laettner, he was raised in a working-class household.

Christian Laettner Parents

Christian Laettner's parents George and Bonnie had a house near Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Laettner's fathe was a newspaper printer for the Buffalo News. George had Polish ancestry, and his father even spoke Polish as his first language.

Mom Bonnie Was A Teacher

Christian's mother Bonnie Laettner was an educator. She decided to teach after she and George moved to Angola in 1966.

Before she began teaching, however, she used to work as a dictation clerk at the Buffalo Evening News. This is where Bonnie met with George for the first time. Laettner's parents, George and Bonnie, tied the knot in February 1964.

Bonnie was born in Toronto with Polish and Ukrainian backgrounds. Her father was part of the Spanish Army during WWII. However, he never returned after the war ended, and in 1950, she moved to Buffalo with her brother and their mother.

Christian's mother Bonnie was a teacher
Christian's mother Bonnie was a teacher ( Source : buffalonews )

Laettner's mom taught at Farnham Elementary School starting in 1974. Later, she would go on to teach third-grade students at the Highland Elementary School until she retired in 1998.

Christian Laettner Siblings

Christian Laettner grew up alongside three siblings.

Laettner has an elder brother named Christopher and two sisters. His elder sister is named Leanne Laettner, while his younger sister is named Katie Culpepper.

Christopher Is The Eldest

Christopher was conceived when Bonnie used to work for the Buffalo News.

Bonnie had gone to the State Labor Relations Board to challenge the rule, which stated that she had to leave her job during her pregnancy.

Christopher's mom was permitted to work until before she gave birth.

The eldest, Laettner, was a baseball and basketball player in his high school. Standing at 6'2, Christopher also played baseball at the Division III college in New York.

Unlike his younger brother, however, he couldn't make it into the professional league and later turned into umpiring the game.

Laettner Has Two Sisters

Christian's elder sister is named Leanne Laettner, and the younger is Katie Culpepper.

Leanne, the oldest of the two, was born in 1966. After Leanne's birth, the Laettners relocated to Angola from Buffalo.

She and other Laettner members were featured in the 30 f0r 30 TV series episode based on Christian.

The other sister, Katie, is a media personality. The 35-year-old is married to Clinton Wycoff.

Christian Laettner Wife

Christian Laettner wife Lisa Thibault is from Mound Minnesota. Christian and Lisa tied the knot in 1996.

Mother to three, Lisa went to Westonka senior high school in Mound, Minnesota. Likewise, she graduated college from the University of Minnesota.

Lisa prefers to be out of the limelight and away from the public eye. However, in 2012 the couple came into harmful exposure as they were sued by NBA legend Scottie Pippen and Shawne Merriman, as reported by CBS Sports.

Furthermore, there was reporting that Christian and Lisa had financial issues after his playing career ended.

Laettner, along with his spouse and their three children, resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Laettner and his missus with their three kids
Laettner and his missus with their three kids ( Source : heavy )

Christian Laettner Has Three Children

Christian Laettner and Lisa Laettner have three children together. They have a son named Tor Laettner and two daughters, Sophie and Summer Laettner.

Laettner often goes fishing with his son Tor. Christian is a passionate fisher for Muskellunge.

Christian with his son on a fishing trip
Christian with his son on a fishing trip ( Source : twitter )

Tor also practices basketball at his father's basketball academy in Ponte Verda, Florida.

Laettner's kid supporting Duke during March Madness
Laettner's kid supporting Duke during March Madness ( Source : twitter )

Christian and Lisa's daughters, Summer and Sophie, are also close to their parents.

Summer Laettner enjoys drawing and sketching
Summer Laettner enjoys drawing and sketching ( Source : twitter )

Sophie graduated from Episcopal high school in May 2015. Summer, however, has an interest in drawing and sketching.