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Angry Peter Vecsey Interview on WFAN with Steve Somers


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Christ, what an angry dude. I've always liked Vecsey because he's an equal opportunity basher who rips on Dolan constantly, but you could see why he doesn't give radio interviews too often. Just an angry, angry dude.

Some highlights:

~Hates the Melo trade for the Knicks, saying that it's basically frozen them as far as cap flexibility is concerned, making Chris Paul's signing a pipe dream. Even went so far as to suggest that the Knicks are basically in the same spot as they were when the had Zach Randolph and Jamaal Crawford chucking up shots.

~Despises Stephen A. Smith, basically calling him out for being a racist and an Isiah Thomas suck-pump with no credibility.

~Got nearly irate when Somers posited the idea that Isiah Thomas "relates to players better than Donnie Walsh," which brought about a full-on Vecsey tirade about race and racism as it related to Stephen A. Smith. Vecsey actually said that he was "blacker than Stephen A. Smith." Somers had to interject some weird moralizing about how everyone should be color-blind and how the most beautiful pictures are the ones that use all the colors in the crayon box. Really awkward.

~Called Isiah a "phony" and that he has one friend in the world--Dolan.

~Vecsey said that Deron Williams was the "best PG in the NBA, no question," and that the Nets scored huge on the deal because they get Williams and maintained a ton of flexibility to build around him assuming they can keep Williams. However, Vecsey said that Brooklyn isn't really the draw that you might think it is because the players know Manhattan and don't give a crap about the other boroughs.

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Smith is no bigger of a clown than Vecsey. To compare Amare/Melo to Randolph/Crawford is asinine. I love how these media folks use these absurd analogies.

Also, I also love how these media folks assume that DWill is going to re-sign with the Nets.

DWill is going to have to spend 18 months in NJ on a losing team. Why would he or any FA want to sign there? They're not coming for Brooks Lopez. And the Russian's billions doesn't matter since there is a salary cap. He can't spend more than Dolan, Buss, Cuban, etc.

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Smith is no bigger of a clown than Vecsey.

It's just a low accusation that's confined to bloggers normally. The whole thing started with his statements about McGwire and Bonds, in which he actually had a legit point, but just horribly misstated it. Vescey's a smart dude, really disappointed to hear that he played that card.

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Smith is no bigger of a clown than Vecsey. To compare Amare/Melo to Randolph/Crawford is asinine. I love how these media folks use these absurd analogies.

Also, I also love how these media folks assume that DWill is going to re-sign with the Nets.

DWill is going to have to spend 18 months in NJ on a losing team. Why would he or any FA want to sign there? They're not coming for Brooks Lopez. And the Russian's billions doesn't matter since there is a salary cap. He can't spend more than Dolan, Buss, Cuban, etc.

The salary cap gets exposed day after day as nonsense to keep small markets under the illusion they can compete. Kevin Durant one day soon even with the extension is going to do exactly what Anthony just did to get to a big market club. Why will anyone be a Warriors fan or a Jazz fan or a Cavs fan or a Bobcats fan? These teams have no chance now and it will get worse.

The Nets think that the move to Brooklyn moves them from a small market Washington Generals patsy outfit as above to a big market club. The arena will be a 20 minute drive from midtown, but not sure that changes things compared to Newark. I live in Brooklyn, and in high school waited for a bus every morning in front of where they are building the arena. Not sure it's going to work, because while the area is much nicer than in the olden times the economic assumptions when this project started have been wiped out as Wall Street sheds jobs. The entire project has been downscaled dramatically including the arena going from an architectural wonder to another generic arena you could find anywhere.

As to Smith, recall after the Doug Brien mess he believed the Jets should've tried to kick again since it was only 3rd down. Stupidity knows no race.

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Kevin Durant one day soon even with the extension is going to do exactly what Anthony just did to get to a big market club.

Based on what? He's a humble, small town kid who, by all accounts, loves playing in OKC. Hence, why he signed an extension to stay there through the 2014-2015 season. OKC has no reason to even entertain moving him for another 4 years.

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Based on what? He's a humble, small town kid who, by all accounts, loves playing in OKC. Hence, why he signed an extension to stay there through the 2014-2015 season. OKC has no reason to even entertain moving him for another 4 years.

Not to mention that Stern will try and convince a couple of stars to join him there so the Thunder can be the token small market team that can compete with all the big market superteams.

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Based on what? He's a humble, small town kid who, by all accounts, loves playing in OKC. Hence, why he signed an extension to stay there through the 2014-2015 season. OKC has no reason to even entertain moving him for another 4 years.

So if he is lucky, he can look forward to losing in the 2nd round to the lakers year after year. For how long-3, 4, 5 years? Want to long-term make a bet?

Stern can make all kinds of wonderful promises. OKC is not Chicago, LA, Boston or NY. It isn't even Brooklyn, San Antonio or Houston. And this is the problem, for OKC and msot of the NBA. Durant is going to get tired of being the 1 example of the supposed wonderfulness of the salary cap. It's a lie. The NBA is the least competitive sports league.

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So if he is lucky, he can look forward to losing in the 2nd round to the lakers year after year. For how long-3, 4, 5 years? Want to long-term make a bet?

Stern can make all kinds of wonderful promises. OKC is not Chicago, LA, Boston or NY. It isn't even Brooklyn, San Antonio or Houston. And this is the problem, for OKC and msot of the NBA. Durant is going to get tired of being the 1 example of the supposed wonderfulness of the salary cap. It's a lie. The NBA is the least competitive sports league.

When, other than the 70s, has the NBA had any kind of parity? The Celtics won pretty much every championship in the 60s, The Lakers and Celtics combined to win 8 of the 10 in the 80s, the Bulls and Rockets won 8 of 10 in the 90s and the Lakers and Spurs have won 9 of the last 12.

If the NBA turns into a league with 7 or 8 superteams that are legit title contenders who trade championships every year it will have 1000% more parity than it has had in 75% of the last 40 years.

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When, other than the 70s, has the NBA had any kind of parity? The Celtics won pretty much every championship in the 60s, The Lakers and Celtics combined to win 8 of the 10 in the 80s, the Bulls and Rockets won 8 of 10 in the 90s and the Lakers and Spurs have won 9 of the last 12.

If the NBA turns into a league with 7 or 8 superteams that are legit title contenders who trade championships every year it will have 1000% more parity than it has had in 75% of the last 40 years.

All true. Point is it's Stern's attempt to pretend these small market teams have a shot and more importantly keep salaries down artificially. It's crap. The small market teams do not have a shot.

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All true. Point is it's Stern's attempt to pretend these small market teams have a shot and more importantly keep salaries down artificially. It's crap. The small market teams do not have a shot.

Those small markets have never won anything anyway in the NBA(other than San Antonio.)

The salary cap has always been a joke. It doesn't promote parity. That is a myth.

You know which professional sports league has had the most different champions over the last 30 years? Major League Baseball. The league with no cap where all we hear is BS about how only a few teams can realistically compete has seen more different champions than any other league, including a few from small market teams like Kansas City and Oakland.

The reality is there is no way to impose parity on a sports league.

All the spending in baseball by the Yanks and Red Sox doesn't guarantee championships and imposing financial limits to prevent teams from stockpiling superstars doesn't guarantee parity.

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It's just a low accusation that's confined to bloggers normally. The whole thing started with his statements about McGwire and Bonds, in which he actually had a legit point, but just horribly misstated it. Vescey's a smart dude, really disappointed to hear that he played that card.

Here's the podcast of the interview. It was really bizarre the whole way through. I hope I'm not over-stating his hatred of Smith, or that he's calling him racist, but his contempt was pretty obvious and more or less unprovoked.

Vecsey-Somers

I used to love reading Vecsey and still do, but it's been clear over the course of the last ten years that he's burned way too many bridges to ever be out in front on a story anymore. He was a mile behind on Lebron (Smith broke that one, I believe), he was miles behind on Melo and had zero idea about Deron Williams. I'm sure it has to burn an old-schooler like Vecsey that younger guys are getting the big stories by hanging out in clubs with the players and their entourages, as opposed to calling GM's, coaches, etc. You can see some of that dynamic with Chris Mortenson and Adam Schefter, too. Jay Glazer is a jock-sniffing douche, but he gets stories that John Clayton can't get because he's out at three in the morning doing Jager bombs with Osi Umenyiora.

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