Aggressive patience and lovable Laettner

As ACC basketball begins in earnest, let’s revisit some memorable quotes from seasons past:

1982: “My sister’s expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.”

— Chuck Nevitt of N.C. State, explaining why he had appeared nervous during practice.

1991: “We weren’t aggressive enough with our patience.”

— Clemson coach Cliff Ellis, struggling to analyze a defeat.

1997: “Other people may go out and drink. I go get something pierced.”

— Duke’s Greg Newton, explaining the multiple perforations of his eyebrow and tongue.

2001: “A lot of journalists graduated from UNC, if you ask me.”

— Bonita Laettner, complaining that NBA reporters portrayed her “loving, loyal and generous” son Christian, a Duke alumnus, as “evil personified.”

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