Laettner hosts camp at Nichols School

Christian Laettner coaching at his basketball camp at Nichols School.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Former NBA and college basketball player, Christian Laettner, was at his alma mater, Nichols School, on Monday for the first day of his three-day basketball camp. The camp consists of about 90 kids, ranging in ages from six years old to early teens.

“I knew when I was in the NBA that I would be coaching, because my mother is a teacher and my father is a coach. So I think it is in my DNA,” Laettner explained. “And then I just love everything there is about basketball. I love my father because he used to coach it. I love everything about basketball. I love my mother because she made me go play basketball.”

Laettner focuses on basketball skills at the camp, but he says if you watch the recent ESPN 30-for-30 documentary about his life and career, one could learn a few life lessons.

“Don’t be a hater. It is not good to be a hater. If you are a hater there is something wrong with you.” Laettner added, “And then don’t let everyone else’s opinion of you affect you that much. Now if my father and my mother come up to me and say Christian there is something wrong with you. You got to change. Then I would listen.”

This year marks the third year Laettner is holding a camp at Nichols School. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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