Tommy Amaker shares great story about Christian Laettner's iconic shot


Christian Laettner's buzzer-beater to help Duke beat Kentucky made him a hero. But some wise words from his head coach set the stage.

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker was on Duke's bench as an assistant to Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski for that 1992 NCAA Tournament game.

 And on the debut episode of "The Michael Holley Podcast" at Night Shift Brewing, Amaker shared Coach K's prescient message to Laettner before the team broke the huddle.

"The last thing he told Laettner, he said, 'Don't forget: The clock doesn't start until you touch it in bounds,' " Amaker told host Michael Holley. "A lot of times kids think the ball is in the air, the clock is running, so if they catch it, they've got to rush it and jack it up.

"So when he catches it, now I'm almost thinking, 'He's playing around with too much time.' He catches it, he fakes one way, he dribbles one way, he comes back and takes the shot. I'm thinking, 'There's no way he's going to get it off.' But he got it off, and he made it."

Laettner had just 2.1 seconds to get a shot off, and thanks to Coach K, he made the most of it.

Check out the player above to listen to Amaker's full interview with Holley.

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