Managing Editor at Raptors Republic

Title: Managing Editor at Raptors Republic
Date: October 26, 2015 (July 21, 2009, really)
Original Source: Raptors Republic
Synopsis: I’m trying something new starting with the 2015-16 NBA season. I left my post as Senior NBA News Editor at theScore in order to try my hand at full-time freelancing for a year. Part of that change includes me taking over Raptors Republic on a full-time basis as the site’s Managing Editor.

That means I’m responsible for the content you see there, drumming up ad revenue and sponsorship, organizing our annual events, and managing the staff. I’ll be doing way more writing for the site, too, which is the big change here. It also means there will probably be too much volume for me to re-post everything here, so make sure to check out my Raptors Republic archive, in addition to this site, where my non-RR stuff will still appear.

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Freelance Sportswriter

Title: Freelance Sportswriter
Date: March 15, 2007
Original Source: All over the place
Synopsis: You can generally find me all over the place, and I post a link to everything on BlakeMurphy.com except for my Raptors Republic and Rotographs work, but just in case, allow me a quick drop of where you can find me.

Sportsnet
Vice Sports and Vice Sports Canada
Various TV/Radio/Podcast outlets
Fangraphs
The Athletic
More

Raptors Weekly Podcast – Meet the candidates

Title: Raptors Weekly Podcast – Meet the candidates
Date: May 21, 2018
Original Source: Raptors Republic
Synopsis: I joined the latest edition of Raptors Weekly Extra, discussing the Raptors’ slow and quiet coaching search.
Read the full article!

OG Anunoby’s Future Is As Bright As Ever After Toronto’s Playoff Defeat At The Hands Of LeBron

Title: OG Anunoby’s Future Is As Bright As Ever After Toronto’s Playoff Defeat At The Hands Of LeBron
Date: May 16, 2018
Original Source: Dime Magazine (Uproxx Sports)
Synopsis: In my latest for Dime Magazine at Uproxx Sports, I wrote about the impossible task of guarding LeBron James for an entire playoff series and why, even in defeat, doing so showed how bright OG Anunoby’s future is.
Read an excerpt!

Exploring potential head coaching candidates for the Raptors

Title: Exploring potential head coaching candidates for the Raptors
Date: May 11, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I cast a very wide net to look at potential head coaching candidates for the Raptors. Read an excerpt!

Firing Dwane Casey Is a Difficult But Justifiable Move for Toronto Raptors

Title: Firing Dwane Casey Is a Difficult But Justifiable Move for Toronto Raptors
Date: May 11, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about the Raptors firing Dwane Casey, a difficult but justifiable move.
Read an excerpt!

Development program: What skill each Raptors player should focus on this summer

Title: Development program: What skill each Raptors player should focus on this summer
Date: May 11, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I outlined the one area each Raptor most needs to focus on this summer. Read an excerpt!

The Toronto Raptors Shouldn’t Blow It Up

Title: The Toronto Raptors Shouldn’t Blow It Up
Date: May 10, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about where the Raptors are headed from here, since tanking’s not a realistic option and this isn’t a championship core.
Read an excerpt!

Raptors’ focus needs to narrow in order to take the next step

Title: Raptors’ focus needs to narrow in order to take the next step
Date: May 10, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the need for the Raptors to become more granular in their focus for 2018-19. Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S02E30 – Most things end poorly

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S02E30 – Most things end poorly
Date: May 10, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I preview Raptors-Cavaliers III.
Read an excerpt!

The Toronto Raptors Played Everyone for Fools

Title: The Toronto Raptors Played Everyone for Fools
Date: May 8, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about the misguided collective belief in the Raptors finally overcoming LeBron James. Sigh.
Read an excerpt!

LeBron, Cavaliers play the hits in extinguishing the Raptors’ season

Title: LeBron, Cavaliers play the hits in extinguishing the Raptors’ season
Date: May 8, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I quickly touched on all the ways in which the Cavaliers picked the Raptors’ defense apart, ways the Raptors knew were coming and couldn’t stop. Read an excerpt!

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