From a Pistons release:
SPRINGFIELD, MA – (July 13, 2009) – Doug Collins, the highly respected
player and coach who is now the lead commentator for Turner Sports (TNT)
and for NBC Sports’ coverage of basketball at the Olympic Games and
Peter Vecsey, the longtime pro basketball writer for the New York Post
have been selected to receive the 2009 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during Enshrinement
festivities scheduled for September 10-11, 2009 in Springfield,
The Gowdy Media Award is named in honor of the legendary sports
broadcaster and former Basketball Hall of Fame President, the late Curt
Gowdy.. This prestigious award is presented annually to members of the
print and electronic media whose longtime efforts have made a
significant contribution to the game of basketball.
"The Gowdy Media Award is an honor that is very proudly presented by the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in memory of the late Curt
Gowdy, one of the legendary figures of sports media," said John L.
Doleva, Hall of Fame President & CEO. "Doug Collins and Peter Vecsey
have dedicated much of their professional careers to report on the game
of basketball while they entertain and educate millions of fans, readers
and television viewers around the world. The Basketball Hall of Fame is
very proud to recognize their extraordinary efforts."
Former NCAA, NBA and Olympic player and NBA coach Doug Collins, the 2009
honoree for the Electronic Media, is widely recognized as the consummate
NBA television color analyst. Collins brings a unique perspective and
experience to the booth for Turner Sports broadcasts on TNT, providing
insight from both the player’s and coach’s perspective. Following a very
successful career as a player after being selected as the number one
pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, Collins moved to the coaching ranks where he
led the Chicago Bulls (1986-89), Detroit Pistons (1995-98) and
Washington Wizards (2001-03).
In 1989, Collins first joined the Turner Sports family as its NBA color
After leaving to pursue further coaching opportunities, he returned to
Turner Sports in 2003. Collins is TNT’s lead analyst for both the NBA
All-Star Game and the NBA Conference Finals.
In addition, Collins was the lead analyst for NBC, for which he called
four NBA Finals and three Olympic Games. Overall, for the better part of
the past two decades, Collins has been a mainstay in the television
coverage of the NBA, providing viewers with expert analysis and
anecdotes from his experiences from the bench and on the court.
Collins, a graduate of Illinois State University, was also a member of
the 1972 Olympic team, which lost the gold medal to Russia with a
controversial call after Collins hit two free throws to give the US an
apparent victory. He and his wife Kathy have two children, son Chris and
Peter Vecsey, The 2009 Print award winner, is a longtime resident of New
York who has spent the majority of his life in that great basketball
city which recognizes him as one of the most prominent sports writers to
ever cover the sport of pro basketball. A native of Queens, NY, Vecsey
attended academic and athletic powerhouse Archbishop Molloy High School,
and upon graduating in 1961, enrolled at Hofstra University. After
graduating from Hofstra, Vecsey enlisted in the Armed Forces during the
most intense period of the Viet Nam war and became a sergeant with the
U.S. Army’s Green Beret Special Forces Unit from 1965 to 1967.
Vecsey currently writes his NBA column for the New York Post, providing
insight to his many readers as he frequently breaks news of blockbuster
trade details and the ‘behind the scenes’ information that pro
basketball fans around the world crave on a daily basis. Vecsey has
built a lifetime of valuable relationships and trustworthy sources who
frequently provide him with access to confidential and newsworthy
information. Vecsey is widely known for his open criticism of team
executives, players and coaches, a sportswriting tactic that stirs up
controversy. Vecsey has written his "Hoop du Jour" NBA column for the
Post from 1976 through 1989, then covered the NBA for USA Today from
October 1990 through September 1993 before returning to his New York
roots at the Post.
While Vecsey is widely known for his news-breaking and reporting in
print, he is no stranger to the television screen. During the 1987-88
season, he hosted a syndicated television show that highlighted the NBA
with analyst and former New York Knicks coach and Hall of Famer Hubie
Brown. In 1985 and 1986, he hosted a one-hour NBA talk show with Lee
Zeidman on SportsChannel New York. Vecsey also worked as an "NBA
Insider" on TNT, joining Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith in the
award-winning studio show, as well as serving as one of "The Insiders"
on NBC Sports’ pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the game via
"NBA Showtime," where he regularly broke news stories and provided
insight with player features, pregame reports, locker room gossip and
Sportswriting runs in the Vecsey family, as Peter’s brother George
Vecsey writes The Sports of the Times column for the The New York Times.
Peter resides on Long Island with his wife, Joan, and their two
children, Taylor and Joseph.