The basketball world may hate him, but Christian Laettner still loves Minnesota

Yesterday, Christian Laettner was in the Twin Cities talking hoops and hate.

The former Timberwolf is unquestionably one of the greatest college basketball players of all time, having led the Duke Blue Devils to four straight Final Fours -- including two national championships -- before he was drafted third overall by the Wolves in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Yet he's also one of the most disliked players of his generation, as chronicled by the new ESPN documentary, "I Hate Christian Laettner."

Laettner was back on the basketball court yesterday in Minnesota teaching a new generation the fundamentals that took him to unprecedented heights at Duke.

"I love coming up here," Laettner says. "Got family up here. It is one of my homes. I have history up here. I used to live in Stillwater and Mound. I married a girl from Mound. I love Minneapolis."

Laettner may love the Twin Cities, but it's hard for the former Timberwolves forward to find much love.

The ESPN documentary chronicled Laettner's playing days from his heroics in the NCAA tournament, to his NBA career that fell short of some people's expectations.

Fox 9 had the chance to ask Laettner -- why the hate?

"I can only ask... appreciate it," Laettner replies.

Because of his family and passion for fishing, Laettner says he is a regular visitor to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

He also very much still follows his alma mater during March Madness, rooting on his former coach at Duke as well as a new Blue Devil, Apple Valley's Tyus Jones.

"Hope he stays one more year at least," Laettner says of Jones.

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