Christian Laettner faces off with UK again

A tremendous promotional idea becomes reality tonight, when Christian Laettner -- former Duke legend and object of sincere hatred for Kentucky fans the world over -- hosts the Big Blue All-Stars vs. Villains game at Rupp Arena. The exhibition's proceeds benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, so there's a good reason Laettner agreed to make a video like the following and expose himself to what George Orwell might term the 40 Minutes Hate.

Laettner isn't playing, merely coaching, but he does have a solid roster to work with. To wit:

Big Blue All-Stars:

Coach Rex Chapman

Keith Bogans

DeMarcus Cousins

Josh Harrellson

Chuck Hayes

Brandon Knight

DeAndre Liggins

Jodie Meeks

Nazr Mohammed

Enes Kanter

Tayshaun Prince

Rajon Rondo

John Wall

The Villains:

Coach Christian Laettner

Corey Brewer

Kenneth Faried

Rudy Gay

Eric Gordon

Tyler Hansbrough

Shelvin Mack

Zach Randolph

Nolan Smith

Terrence Williams

There's some serious talent in this game, the kind of talent you usually have to pay NBA ticket money to go see. Thanks to the ongoing NBA labor lockout, that talent can come participate in a rather brilliant charity game idea. Kentucky fans get to unleash a little (hopefully good-natured) hatred toward Laettner and some former rivals while also seeing some quality basketball talent and raising money for a very worthy and important cause. The only question, then, is this: Why is Kenneth Faried a villain? After dropping Louisville in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year, you'd think Kentucky fans would have made him an honorary Wildcat for the night. Alas.

(HT: Mike Miller)