Posts Tagged ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

David Stern Delivers Top Ten List On Letterman

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With NBA Commissioner David Stern just days away from his retirement after three decades on the job, he’s making a few final media appearances. Last night Commissioner Stern made a quick stop by “Late Show with David Letterman” to read the always-hilarious Top Ten list. The topic? Things I’ve learned in my 30 years as Commissioner of the NBA.

Take it away, Commissioner Stern…


VIDEO: Stern on Letterman

Charles Barkley Visits David Letterman

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a tradition unlike any other: The NBA season is about to begin, so Charles Barkley sits down with David Letterman. Chuck gets a particularly good line in when Dave asks about the Knicks being good this season…


VIDEO: Charles Barkley on David Letterman

Frank Vogel’s Stupid Human Trick

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –A few weeks ago, a friend of mine turned up with a couple of tickets to a taping of Late Show with David Letterman. Now, I grew up on Dave, staying up way too late throughout middle and high school to watch his NBC show. When he bounced to CBS, I bounced with him. When I started interviewing people for a living, I watched Dave and appreciated just how good he is at talking to his guests — getting them to comment on sensitive subjects, making the conversation relevant and interesting all the while sprinkling in humor and jokes. As I grew up I stopped watching as often, but I can not understate how profound an effect Dave, and particularly his sense of humor, had upon making me, me.

I moved to New York City a little over a decade ago and have walked past the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan hundreds of times, but I’d never gone in, never made an attempt to go to a taping. And then the opportunity fell into my lap — and with the legendary “Jungle” Jack Hanna as the guest, no less. I was all in.

We got there early and were seated in the balcony, and I was so excited I was nearly buzzing. As Paul Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra warmed up the audience with The Police’s “Synchronicity II,” in my head I allowed myself to play out elaborate scenarios as to what might happen if Dave ended up doing something involving the audience and I got to meet him. Just in case, I tried to think of one question I could ask Dave if I found myself face-to-face, so I wouldn’t totally freeze up and be comedy fodder for Dave. It didn’t take me long to decide that I would ask Dave how he felt about the title chances of the Indiana Pacers.

I never got anywhere close to Dave that night, which was fine, because the entire experience was so perfect and true to what I hoped it would be like that I have no complaints. But I still think my question would have been a hit. As anyone who watches Late Show with David Letterman every night can tell you, Dave’s favorite NBA team is the Indiana Pacers — Letterman was born in Indianapolis and went to nearby Ball State University. Dave’s given us his Top Ten Reasons he love the Pacers — “4. It’s still fun to say Detlef Schrempf.” — and Pacers legend Reggie Miller has been a frequent guest.

So perhaps it’s only fitting that current Pacers coach Frank Vogel appeared on the Letterman show before he actually got the gig with the Pacers. Way back in 1986, as the TNT crew recently pointed out, Vogel was a contestant on Stupid Human Tricks, where he showed off some fancy ballhandling.

As Dave might have said, “Remember, this is not an exhibition, it is a competition. Wagering is encouraged.”
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(via B/R)

LeBron James Drops By Letterman To Discuss Title, Cleveland

by Micah Hart

Fresh off a title, LeBron James paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman last night, and of course the Midwestern-raised Letterman couldn’t resist tweaking LeBron about bolting Cleveland to win the championship in Miami. LBJ handled the questions in good humor (not that that will appease Cleveland fans, but it’s true) and generally came off pretty well. I guess it’s easy to be in a good mood when you’ve just lifted a thousand-pound monkey off your back, and you know, are the champion of the world and all.

I didn’t realize this was James’ fifth appearance on Letterman — I wonder where that ranks among active professional athletes?

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Magic Johnson and Larry Bird Appear On The Late Show

by Micah Hart

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night to promote “Magic/Bird”, the new play starting on Broadway that chronicles their world-famous rivalry throughout the years. Here’s a little taste:

I could spend hours listening to the two of them talk about basketball and their relationship. Next time I’m in New York, it’s The Book of Mormon, then Magic/Bird, then, I dunno, maybe Rock of Ages or Once or something.

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And Speaking of Jeremy Lin Puns: David Letterman’s Top Ten List

by Micah Hart

You have officially arrived when you are the subject of a Late Show Top Ten List:

Unlike the previous offering by the NY Dailies, I would wager the writing staff at Letterman had a blast trying to outdo each other for worst Jeremy Lin puns.

Can you top any of these?

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Mavs title earns them the requisite Letterman appearance

by Micah Hart

I had jury duty yesterday, so apologies for not getting this up sooner, but here are the Dallas Mavericks delivering the “Top Ten Good Things About Winning an NBA Championship” on Late Night with David Letterman:

Caron Butler‘s is my favorite, not only because it’s funny, but also because it has nothing to do with the supposed subject of the Top Ten.

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