I’ve always believed media days are one of the most irrelevant things in sports. The journalists ask questions that they know players won’t answer. Players respond with planned and tedious pablum that they worked out with their team’s media advisors weeks before. And David Letterman laid bare the entire spectacle Monday.
The former Late Night icon sat in on the Nets Media Day, and he put star forward Kevin Durant to the question. Introducing himself as “Dave from Basketball Digest,” the comedian got the answers we all wanted to know. Like, why is Kevin Durant called KD? And, what percent does he expect to give this year? 90, 95, 100, or 110 percent?
Durant wasn’t excited to have to answer such silly questions — but thankfully we now know he plans to give “110” percent. But did these questions elicit anything more thoughtful or interesting than the rest of the dog-and-pony show? Probably not.
Durant only endured about a minute of questions from David Letterman before he said it was time to wrap it up. But Letterman did get through Durant’s icy demeanor when he asked if players giggled whenever they had to play the Pelicans. “Yeah,” he said with a laugh. It was the only time he smiled during the exchange.
Letterman finished up the exchange like he would a stand-up set. “Well, that’s all I got,” he said, before passing the mic back to the team rep. The media gathered in that room didn’t seem to appreciate the mockery, but fans online enjoyed it. Even if the comments were littered with kids who don’t know who David Letterman is.
David Letterman Remembers Comedian Norm MacDonald
David Letterman joined the rest of the comedy world in mourning one of its biggest stars recently. Norm MacDonald died earlier this month from cancer. He had privately battled the disease for nearly a decade before he passed on Sept. 14. Letterman called him the “lifetime Cy Young winner in comedy.”
“In every important way, in the world of stand-up, Norm was the best. An opinion shared by me and all peers. Always up to something, never certain, until his matter-of-fact delivery leveled you,” Letterman tweeted. “I was always delighted by his bizarre mind and earnest gaze. (I’m trying to avoid using the phrase, ‘twinkle in his eyes). He was a lifetime Cy Young winner in comedy. Gone, but impossible to forget.”
Letterman, who inspired of generation of comics with his ironic self-detached style, worked with some of the greatest comedians of his era. So, his stamp of approval is still one of the most important in comedy. But MacDonald didn’t lack champions during his lifetime or after his death. He was the “comedian’s comedian” who was beloved by audiences and other comics alike.