Magic Johnson (left) and Larry Bird (center) are interviewed on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2012 (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
By Jeff Case
In case you’ve been living under a rock or something the last week or so, here’s an update: The “Late Show with David Letterman” is nearing the finish line and, tonight, David Letterman will host his final show. For 33 years and across two networks, the “Late Show” forever changed the face of late-night TV talk shows behind Letterman’s unique sense of humor and style. Amazingly, when he walks off the stage tonight, he will have hosted 6,028 broadcasts.
(The Indianapolis Star has a great look at the life and times of the TV icon here.)
Letterman, an Indiana native, is also a well-known sports fan and, in particular, a basketball fan and Indiana Pacers fan (he even did a Pacers-themed Top 10 once). Everyone from Reggie Miller to Shaquille O’Neal to Michael Jordan (who gave Letterman some guff over wearing adidas shoes) appeared on the show, as did former NBA commissioner David Stern and current commissioner Adam Silver.
With that in mind, here’s a look back at some of Letterman’s best NBA-related interviews …
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Michael Jordan in 1986
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Patrick Ewing in 1989 (FF to the 30 minute mark)
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Isiah Thomas in the late 1980s
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Reggie Miller and Spike Lee in 1994
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Grant Hill in 1994
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dennis Rodman in 1997
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Charles Barkley in 2006
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Dwyane Wade in 2006
VIDEO: David Letterman interviews Magic Johnson and Larry Bird