Video: 23-year old Michael Jordan visits David Letterman

Kelly Dwyer

Michael Jordan was just a young pup in May of 1986, coming off his injury-abbreviated second season in the NBA, one that saw him drop 63 postseason points in a game against the Boston Celtics while playing with a series of also-rans in Chicago that barely eked into the playoffs. Stopping by the set of "Late Night with David Letterman," MJ went over his many, many (many, many, many) endorsements, offered up a prediction for that year's conference finals, and showed off the first two types of Air Jordan sneaker:

Letterman's crack at the 5:10 mark was played over and over on his various retrospective collections, back when NBC showed retrospective collections for "Late Night with David Letterman."

One of the more frustrating aspects behind the way NBC completely and totally screwed up its late-night programming situation (referring to the first time, back in 1992 and 1993; and not second time last year) is the way NBC has relegated all of its old David Letterman clips to its super-scary vault.

Letterman doesn't own the rights to show those clips, NBC doesn't really want to pump a competitor's legacy up by showing the clips, and save for a few brief re-airings (on A&E, in the early 1990s, and on Trio, at the beginning of this decade), you just don't get to see Dave's old NBC clips unless you view them, well, while infringing on their copyright.

So enjoy this trip back in time. Just don't tell anyone it's on YouTube.

(Cheers to DIME for unearthing this.)