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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Breaking down Canada’s ‘Group of Death’ draw for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

Title: Breaking down Canada’s ‘Group of Death’ draw for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Date: March 16, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down Canada’s tough draw for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, how it came to be, and what comes next.
Read an excerpt!

His suitcases always ready, Eric Moreland returns for another stint with Raptors

Title: His suitcases always ready, Eric Moreland returns for another stint with Raptors
Date: March 15, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Eric Moreland’s return to the Raptors, his strange season to date, and why all the pieces matter for an NBA team, even when it seems like they don’t. Read an excerpt!

‘20 and 10 sleepwalking’: Jonas Valanciunas has been unleashed in Memphis

Title: ‘20 and 10 sleepwalking’: Jonas Valanciunas has been unleashed in Memphis
Date: March 12, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Jonas Valanciunas, who is enjoying a post-trade surge in usage and responsibility in Memphis and rewarding that increased trust. Read an excerpt!

Serga Ibaka, Raptors lose their cool in Cleveland disaster; Malcolm Miller’s streak is over

Title: Serga Ibaka, Raptors lose their cool in Cleveland disaster; Malcolm Miller’s streak is over
Date: March 11, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors turning a meaningless game in Cleveland into a borderline disaster and the death of Malcolm Miller’s near-historic winning streak.
Read an excerpt!

Rowan Barrett’s big task is to lead Canada Basketball back success on the international level

Title: Rowan Barrett’s big task is to lead Canada Basketball back success on the international level
Date: March 11, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canada Basketball naming Rowan Barrett teir new general manager, why it makes sense, and what comes next Read an excerpt!

How the Raptors have fared against elite opponents this season

Title: How the Raptors have fared against elite opponents this season
Date: March 8, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ performance against the league’s best teams and what it might suggest about their playoff potential.
Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S03E17 – Bench Maudlin

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S03E17 – Bench Maudlin
Date: March 6, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I discuss a struggling Raptors bench. Read an excerpt!

Harden, Rockets break bench in what has become an ongoing problem for Raptors

Title: Harden, Rockets break bench in what has become an ongoing problem for Raptors
Date: March 6, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ persistent bench struggles following another bench-led loss to the Rockets.
Read an excerpt!

Wade Baldwin hopes Raptors 905 puts him back on NBA path after career detours

Title: Wade Baldwin hopes Raptors 905 puts him back on NBA path after career detours
Date: March 4, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the up-and-down start to Wade Baldwin’s NBA career and what a new beginning with Raptors 905 means for him. Read an excerpt!

Casey gets better of Raptors again, and 9 other takeaways from an overtime loss to the Pistons

Title: Casey gets better of Raptors again, and 9 other takeaways from an overtime loss to the Pistons
Date: March 3, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Dwane Casey’s Pistons beating the Raptors in another tight game despite Kyle Lowry’s best efforts.
Read an excerpt!

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