Chasing A Dream: The Carl English Story

Title: Chasing A Dream: The Carl English Story
Date: November 29, 2019
Original Source: Flanker Press
Synopsis: I wrote a book! I helped Canadian basketball legend Carl English tell the story of his life and his career as co-author of his autobiography.
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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.

Freelance Sportswriter & Podcast Host

Title: Freelance Sportswriter & Podcast Host
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.

I also host the Raptors Reasonablists podcast at The Athletic and co-host of the music podcast Columbia House Party.

The Athletic
Sportsnet
Vice Sports and Vice Sports Canada
Various TV/Radio/Podcast outlets
Fangraphs
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Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on Sportsnet 590

Title: Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on Sportsnet 590
Date: December 11, 2019
Original Source: Sportsnet 590
Synopsis: I appeared on Sportsnet 590, discussing Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto.

Check out the audio!

Kawhi Leonard’s return a shot at closure as Raptors try to move on

Title: Kawhi Leonard’s return a shot at closure as Raptors try to move on
Date: December 10, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto as a member of the Clippers and finding closure where there usually isn’t much. Read an excerpt!

Columbia House Party: 6. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)

Title: Columbia House Party: 6. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001)
Date: December 9, 2019
Original Source: Columbia House Party
Synopsis: In the fifth episode of Columbia House Party, we dive into Jimmy Eat World’s 2001 classic Bleed American.

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@Stitcher :: bit.ly/stitcherhp Read an excerpt!

OG Anunoby and Marc Gasol lead Raptors to defence-fueled escape of an ugly loss in Chicago

Title: OG Anunoby and Marc Gasol lead Raptors to defence-fueled escape of an ugly loss in Chicago
Date: December 9, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ bare-minimum victory against the Bulls, one that stopped a mini-skid but really shouldn’t have been such a close call. Read an excerpt!

Third straight loss highlights Raptors’ small margin for error against league’s best

Title: Third straight loss highlights Raptors’ small margin for error against league’s best
Date: December 8, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ first three-game losing streak in over a year and how it highlights a small margin for error against the league’s best. Read an excerpt!

James Harden, Rockets highlight risks inherent with Raptors’ aggressive star-stopping strategy

Title: James Harden, Rockets highlight risks inherent with Raptors’ aggressive star-stopping strategy
Date: December 6, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ extreme defence against James Harden, how it worked, and the opportunities it opened up for the Rockets. Read an excerpt!

Video Appearance: Kawhi: The Last Chapter

Title: Video Appearance: Kawhi: The Last Chapter
Date: December 6-10, 2019
Original Source: Yahoo Canada
Synopsis: I made a guest appearance on Yahoo Canada’s “Kawhi: The Last Chapter” feature, looking back on the Raptors’ championship season ahead of Kawhi Leonard’s return to Toronto.

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How the Raptors brought Tyler Ennis home to recover, with hope for an NBA return

Title: How the Raptors brought Tyler Ennis home to recover, with hope for an NBA return
Date: December 5, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Tyler Ennis’ comeback trail, from a fringe NBA career to a gruesome injury in Turkey to the doorstep of his hometown team. Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Matching Intensity: Impact of Lowry’s return, passive Siakam, testing OG, and limiting Harden

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Matching Intensity: Impact of Lowry’s return, passive Siakam, testing OG, and limiting Harden
Date: December 4, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I break down Kyle Lowry’s return, the Raptors’ likely defensive strategy for James Harden, and more. Read an excerpt!

‘Terrible’ shooting night aside, Kyle Lowry’s return to Raptors is now a novel question of ceiling rather than floor

Title: ‘Terrible’ shooting night aside, Kyle Lowry’s return to Raptors is now a novel question of ceiling rather than floor
Date: December 4, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kyle Lowry’s return to the Raptors and whether he’s more important to the ceiling than the floor now. Read an excerpt!