NBA TV Canada: The Hangout television appearance

Title: NBA TV Canada: The Hangout television appearance
Date: November 17, 2016
Original Source: NBA TV Canada
Synopsis: I was a guest on the latest episode of NBA TV Canada’s The Hangout, discussing the Raptors, DeMarcus Cousins, Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments, and more.

I’ll post video when I have it. The show is airing at 5:30 and 10:30 pm on Weednesday, 12:30, 7, and 9:30 am and 2pm Thursday.

You can check out my earlier TV appearances here.

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.

Fantasy Baseball Analyst at Rotographs

Title: Fantasy Baseball Analyst at Rotographs
Date: January 21, 2016
Original Source: Rotographs
Synopsis: I’ve started back up at Rotographs on what’s close to a full-time basis. I’ll be contributing at least four pieces a week and, once the season starts, be manning the larger side of their Roto Riteup platoon, providing a for-your-coffee breakdown of the prior day’s baseball happenings.

There will probably be too much volume for me to re-post everything here, so make sure to check out my Rotographs archive, in addition to this site, where anything I write for the Fangraphs side will definitely still appear.

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

Former NBA news editor at theScore

Title: NBA news editor at theScore
Date: Aug. 20, 2013 – Oct. 25, 2015
Original Source: theScore
Synopsis: Hey, so I had a cool job where I waspaid to write sports news for 40 hours a week.

Primarily covering the NBA (but sometimes NCAAB and occasionally MMA, NFL, or MLB), I covered breaking news for what’s grown into the second-biggest mobile sports news app in North America. That meant staying current with news, injuries, lineups, systems, quotes, and more, on a daily basis in an unpredictable newsroom environment.

Alerting thousands of team and league subscribers to the latest real-time news with the proper context required a breadth of league-specific knowledge – I’m intimately familiar with the NBA’s CBA, every player and team league-wide, the D-League, international leagues and international competition, and league history. I was on the desk for events like the opening of free agency, two NBA Finals, the Donald Sterling scandal and subsequent trial, retirements, league-altering trades and signings, and much more.

I was also responsible for our NBA draft coverage in 2014 and 2015, writing full scouting reports on all first-round prospects and pre-writing posts for every potential draft pick for use on draft night.

If you’re ever curious what all of that work looked like, everything I wrote there can be found here. For the purposes of this site, I haven’t posted any of my content from theScore, though I may eventually add links to some of my favorite works.

Head coach Jerry Stackhouse left his mark on the Raptors 905 this season. Is the NBA next?

Title: Head coach Jerry Stackhouse left his mark on the Raptors 905 this season. Is the NBA next?
Date: May 26, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the five Canadians the Raptors worked out early in the draft process and what it says about the growth of basketball in Canada.
Read an excerpt!

The 5th Deck Podcast – S1E14 – Returns and returns to form

Title: The 5th Deck Podcast – S1E14 – Returns and returns to form
Date: May 25, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The 5th Deck Podcast, Jonah Birenbaum and I discuss reasons for Blue Jays optimism as they return to health. Somewhat.
Read an excerpt!

Joey Bats Is Punishing Baseballs Again

Title: Joey Bats Is Punishing Baseballs Again
Date: May 25, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about Jose Bautista’s return to form at the plate over the past four weeks.
Read an excerpt!

Is this the year the Toronto Raptors finally draft a Canadian?

Title: Is this the year the Toronto Raptors finally draft a Canadian?
Date: May 24, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the five Canadians the Raptors worked out early in the draft process and what it says about the growth of basketball in Canada.
Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S1E19 – The loss of Weltman…and Fred Andrews

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S1E19 – The loss of Weltman…and Fred Andrews
Date: May 23, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I discuss the loss of Jeff Weltman to the Magic and more.
Read an excerpt!

Raptors approach pre-draft workouts as window into the person, not just the player

Title: Raptors approach pre-draft workouts as window into the person, not just the player
Date: May 18, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about how the Raptors use pre-draft workouts to learn about the mental and psychological aspects of players as much as the physical.
Read an excerpt!

The 5th Deck Podcast – S1E13 – Be better

Title: The 5th Deck Podcast – S1E13 – Be better
Date: May 18, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The 5th Deck Podcast, Israel Fehr and I sort through a 6-14 start for the Blue Jays.
Read an excerpt!

Kevin Pillar’s Breakout Appears Legit

Title: Kevin Pillar’s Breakout Appears Legit
Date: May 17, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about the improved plate discipline of Kevin Pillar and whether it’s enough for him to lock down the lead-off spot.
Read an excerpt!

Raptors Weekly Extra Podcast, May 12 – Offseason preview

Title: Raptors Weekly Extra Podcast, May 12 – Offseason preview
Date: May 12, 2017
Original Source: Raptors Republic
Synopsis: I hosted the latest edition of Raptors Weekly Extra, previewing the Raptors offseason.
Read the full article!

What a Toronto Raptors Rebuild Could Look Like

Title: What a Toronto Raptors Rebuild Could Look Like
Date: May 12, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about what a tear-down (“Tank!”) might look like for the Raptors.
Read an excerpt!