At halftime of Saturday’s national semifinal between Syracuse and Michigan, the NCAA honored the 15 greatest players in tournament history as picked by fan voting. The ceremony to mark the 75th Final Four brought together an amazing collection of talent together that included Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Danny Manning and Bill Walton. Here’s the full list of honorees.
These guys who you may have heard of were there, too.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 7, 2013
Former Duke star Christian Laettner was there, too. Not only did he make the cut with this elite group, but fans voted his buzzer-beater vs. Kentucky in the 1992 Elite Eight as the greatest moment in tournament history. Go ahead, watch it again.
But Laettner has always been a pretty polarizing guy. In fact, he won another important fan vote this month, triumphing in Grantland’s Most Hated College Basketball tournament.
On Saturday in Atlanta, fans did not react positively to Laettner’s halftime appearance. Naturally, the rousing boos directed at the former Blue Devil drew a variety of reactions from the Twitterverse.
Everyone always boos Christian Laettner (honored at the half). He’ll be 98 and getting booed in a retirement home.
— Dana O’Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) April 7, 2013
Laettner gest booed. #jealous
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) April 7, 2013
Ewing, Russell, Kareem, Manning, Oscar get cheers. Laettner gets booed. Don’t get that.
— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) April 7, 2013
I wonder if booing is like white noise to Christian Laettner.
— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) April 7, 2013
A strong chorus of boos for Christian Laettner at the half, who daggered just about every major fan base in America at one time or another.
— Rush the Court (@rushthecourt) April 7, 2013
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