Peter Vecsey (born 1943) is an American sports columnist and analyst, specializing in basketball. In his childhood, he attended Archbishop Molloy High School, in Queens, New York, and graduated in 1961. Vecsey had written a column on the NBA for the New York Post. He was formerly an analyst for TBS and NBC and is currently[when?] an analyst for NBA TV. His writing style has been described as vicious, combative and containing cruel wit.[1] In the 1960s, he served in the United States Army Special Forces.[2]

Vecsey's column in the New York Post frequently detailed behind the scenes trade maneuvers as well as spotlighting many rumors in the NBA.[citation needed]

Vecsey is also known for his open criticism of players. Common players he has criticized include Charles Barkley, Danny Fortson, Danny Ainge, Byron Scott, the New Jersey Nets, Larry Brown, Alonzo Mourning, the Los Angeles Clippers the New York Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Vin Baker, Shawn Kemp, and former Nets star Jayson Williams.[3][better source needed] He gave number one draft pick Joe Barry Carroll the nickname 'Joe Barely Cares', as well as dubbing former 1980s Knicks player Larry Demic 'EpiDemic' after he failed to live up to expectations.[4]

Vecsey is the younger brother of The New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey.[citation needed]

He received the Basketball Hall Of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2009.[5][better source needed]

References

  1. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (2014-03-06). "Peter Vecsey". Jeffpearlman.com. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  2. ^ Price, S.L (1998-06-08). "OH, BROTHER: PETER VECSEY, NBC'S COMBATIVE AND WIDELY REVILED NBA PUNDIT, COULDN'T BE MORE DIFFERENT FROM HIS BIG BROTHER, GEORGE, THE CONTEMPLATIVE AND WIDELY RESPECTED NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST. AND THEY HARDLY SPEAK TO EACH OTHER". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  3. ^ "Peter Vecsey Gets MJ to Walk Out of Hall of Fame". Sports by Brooks. Archived from the original on 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  4. ^ Simmons, Bill (21 March 2012). "How to Annoy a Fan Base in 60 Easy Steps". Grantland. Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  5. ^ "Can't Stop The Bleeding » CSTB's Greatest Hits : Defending Peter Vecsey". Can't stop the bleeding. Retrieved 22 April 2018.