Pete Vecsey Unplugged at In All AirnessGreg from DrJStuff shared the obscure Estonian basketball footage of Julius Erving that I cited in my Dr. J is 63 years old article and now he has brought to my attention another real treat for basketball researchers as well as casual fans: an Australian website called In all Airness that features several podcast interviews with a diverse cast including Sam Smith, Ray Clay and Christian Laettner. Pete Vecsey, who introduced the "In Memoriam" tribute at the 2013 Legends Brunch, retired from the New York Post last July, so it is a real treat to hear him speak his mind "unplugged"; he talked with In all Airness for more than an hour and a half, discussing subjects ranging from Wilt Chamberlain to Oscar Robertson to Rick Barry to Julius Erving to Drazen Petrovic to Vecsey's well-publicized feud with Charles Barkley. As usual, Vecsey does not mince words; whether you agree with him or not, whether you like his style or not, Vecsey is smart, fearless and opinionated so it is always interesting to hear his take--and he deserves a lot of credit for publicly rebuking the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for not inducting Roger Brown, Mel Daniels, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Johnson, Chet Walker, and Jamaal Wilkes, all of whom are now Hall of Famers. Vecsey's sharp tongue cost him money and created a long list of enemies and I am not suggesting that Vecsey is always right or that I always agree with him but I respect someone who is more interested in speaking the truth as he sees it than he is in trying to become friends with the rich and the powerful.
You can check out the Vecsey podcast here.
posted by David Friedman @ 2:23 AM