I sure would like to hear the context, and maybe the tone, surrounding these comments. I guess they could have been joking but I doubt it. And even if they were, how they thought this was appropriate comedic material will forever escape me. Some people have no class.
Another consideration to take in is the fact that not only is the East considerably smaller, but they have the majority of the younger players. The east is loaded with 19-20 year old kids who are a good 2 yaers away from being able to make an impact.