Peter Vecsey (sports columnist)

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Peter Vecsey (born 1943) is an American sports columnist and analyst, specializing in basketball. In his childhood, he attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School, in Queens, NY, and graduated in 1961.[1] Vecsey currently writes a column on the NBA for the New York Post. He was formerly an analyst for TBS and NBC and is currently an analyst for NBA TV. His nickname is "The Viper" and is known for his cynical, sarcastic style and a former member of the Airborne and Special Forces.[2][1]

After five years in retirement, Vecsey returned to covering the NBA in July 2017. His columns are available at:

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

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 (his alcohol problems), Shawn Kemp for fathering many children out of wedlock, and former Nets star Jayson Williams.[3] He gave number one draft pick Joe Barry Carroll his infamous nickname 'Joe Barely Cares', as well as dubbing former 1980s Knicks player Larry Demic 'EpiDemic' after he failed to live up to expectations. Source

Peter is the younger brother of The New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey and the uncle of former Baltimore Sun sports columnist Laura Vecsey. He is the father to Taylor K. Vecsey, a journalist and editor for East Hampton Patch who had written for The East Hampton Star, where she was a senior writer, and The New York Post, and Joseph Vecsey, former street ball player, journalist, stand up comedian, male model and screenwriter.

He received the Basketball Hall Of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award in 2009.[4]


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