It’s simply known as “The Shot.” Duke fans still smile about it and Kentucky lovers still cringe. Everyone else remembers exactly where they were when it happened. It was one of those moments.
It happened back on March 28, 1992. Just 2.1 seconds to go between the Blue Devils and Wildcats in the East Regional final of the NCAA tournament at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. You remember the rest.
From full court, Grant Hill threw a perfect inbounds pass to Christian Laettner, who dribbled, turned, fired, and scored. Duke advanced, eventually winning it all — and Kentucky went home. All these years later we still talk about it. It was incredible. You could say it was a once in a lifetime play. A million dollar shot.
Now, the jersey that Laettner wore that night has been sold by an auction house. Unlike the shot, it wasn’t worth a million bucks, but it still brought in a cool $119,500 to Lelands.com, the second highest price ever paid at auction for a game-worn basketball jersey.
According to Lelands.com, the jersey was acquired from a consigner to whom it is believed Laettner gave the jersey.
Now, it’s in the hands of a single anonymous bidder.
The only game-worn hoops jersey that brought in more dough was a Virginia Squires one worn by Julius Erving. The Dr. J piece went for $190,414 in 2011.
Christian Laettner himself still relishes everything about “The Shot,” as he told Breitbart Sports last year in an interview.
That fabled night so long ago is truly one of the greatest moments in sports history. We all can still see it. Heck, you can’t miss it. Just turn on a TV in March and it’s everywhere. Kids who weren’t even born when it happened have seen it countless times. It was special. Now one person has a very pricey memento from that amazing game.