Raptors Reporter at The Athletic

Title: Raptors Reporter at The Athletic
Date: September 24, 2018 (but really October 18, 2016)
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: After two years of freelancing for The Athletic regularly, I joined them full-time and exclusively for the 2018-19 season. I’ll be primarily covering the Toronto Raptors, filling in any coverage gaps with the Blue Jays, Wolfpack, or Canada Basketball as well. You can find my archive from The Athletic here.

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Freelance Sportswriter

Title: Freelance Sportswriter
Date: March 15, 2007
Original Source: All over the place
Synopsis: You could previously find me all over the place, and I’d post a link to everything on BlakeMurphy.com except for my Raptors Republic and Rotographs work. Since signing with The Athletic full-time, the bulk of my work will be found there, with only occasional, non-basketball content showing up elsewhere.

The Athletic
Sportsnet
Vice Sports and Vice Sports Canada
Various TV/Radio/Podcast outlets
Fangraphs
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Raptors playing a patient game with undrafted prospect Sagaba Konate

Title: Raptors playing a patient game with undrafted prospect Sagaba Konate
Date: August 22, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about undrafted Raptors signing Sagaba Konate, who the team is taking a slow, cautious approach with ahead of training camp.
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Radio Appearance: Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590

Title: Radio Appearance: Prime Time Sports on Sportsnet 590
Date: August 9, 2019
Original Source: Sportsnet 590
Synopsis: I appeared on Sportsnet 590 for a two-hour panel on Prime Time Sports, discussing the Raptors, Blue Jays, and Canada Basketball. Check out the audio!

Canada Basketball camp notebook: Chris Boucher withdraws, Andrew Nembhard stands out, jerseys and more

Title: Canada Basketball camp notebook: Chris Boucher withdraws, Andrew Nembhard stands out, jerseys and more
Date: August 7, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I shared some notes and thoughts from Canada Basketball’s pre-World Cup training camp.
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Melvin Ejim’s value as Canada’s longtime dot-connector will be on full display at FIBA World Cup

Title: Melvin Ejim’s value as Canada’s longtime dot-connector will be on full display at FIBA World Cup
Date: August 7, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canada Basketball’s most important glue-guy, Melvin Ejim.
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Canada still has a World Cup to compete in, even as it acknowledges a disappointing turnout

Title: Canada still has a World Cup to compete in, even as it acknowledges a disappointing turnout
Date: August 6, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canada Basketball’s disappointing World Cup turnout and what comes next for a still-competitive roster.
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Hoop Talks Live

Title: Hoop Talks Live
Date: August 5, 2019
Original Source: Hoop Talks Live
Synopsis: I made a guest speaking appearance on a panel at the latest Hoop Talks Live event, talking all things Canada Basketball ahead of the World Cup.
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Digging into Reese McGuire’s opportunity with the Blue Jays this season and beyond

Title: Digging into Reese McGuire’s opportunity with the Blue Jays this season and beyond
Date: August 2, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Blue Jays’ catcher Reese McGuire, a formerly touted prospect with a small window ahead to make a case for his future with the club.
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Murphy Mailbag: Taking stock in the dead of the offseason, depth chart concerns, SummerSlam and more

Title: Murphy Mailbag: Taking stock in the dead of the offseason, depth chart concerns, SummerSlam and more
Date: August 1, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I opened up the mailbag to answer some dead-of-the-offseason questions about the Raptors and more.
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What will the revamped Raptors rotation look like next season?

Title: What will the revamped Raptors rotation look like next season?
Date: July 25, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I took a crack at projecting the Raptors’ rotation as part of a site-wide NBA initiative, but mostly I used the assignment to work through the team’s potential thought process at a few key spots.
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Raptors Reasonablists, Volume IV, Part I: Selecting a World Cup roster for Canada Basketball

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume IV, Part I: Selecting a World Cup roster for Canada Basketball
Date: July 24, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists. The latest edition looked at how the Canada Basketball roster for the FIBA World Cup may shake out.
Read an excerpt!

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