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.

Tidjan Keita Is an Intriguing Project Who’s More Raw Than Bruno Caboclo

Title: Tidjan Keita Is an Intriguing Project Who’s More Raw Than Bruno Caboclo
Date: July 21, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about Tidjan Keita, the mysterious prospect out of a Quebec prep school whom the Raptors brought in for Summer League.
Read an excerpt!

Malcolm Miller shows potential, promise with Raptors despite rough start to summer

Title: Malcolm Miller shows potential, promise with Raptors despite rough start to summer
Date: July 19, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Malcolm Miller, why the Raptors moved quickly to make him their first ever two-way player, and how a poorly timed ankle injury isn’t tempering optimism.
Read an excerpt!

Alfonzo McKinnie’s Long and Unlikely Journey to the Raptors

Title: Alfonzo McKinnie’s Long and Unlikely Journey to the Raptors
Date: July 18, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about Alfonzo McKinnie and his long, circuitous odyssey to the doorstep of the NBA.
Read an excerpt!

Raptors squander chance at championship and other notes from Summer League

Title: Raptors squander chance at championship and other notes from Summer League
Date: July 16, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrapped up the Raptors’ performance at Summer League and checked in on the progress of their young pieces.
Read an excerpt!

Pistons questionable cap management leaves little room for improvement

Title: Pistons questionable cap management leaves little room for improvement
Date: July 15, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Detroit, I wrapped up another curious Pistons offseason that’s continued the trend of letting small mistakes snowball into salary cap problems.
Read an excerpt!

Raptors practising patience with OG Anunoby a challenge for both team and player

Title: Raptors practising patience with OG Anunoby a challenge for both team and player
Date: July 14, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I caught up with Raptors rookie OG Anunoby and wrote about the difficulty with remaining patient in July.
Read an excerpt!

Kennedy Meeks’ Personality Has Won Over the Raptors and His Game Might, Too

Title: Kennedy Meeks’ Personality Has Won Over the Raptors and His Game Might, Too
Date: July 14, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about Kennedy Meeks, who won the Raptors over with his “teddy bear” personality and is now trying to change his game to win them over on the court, too.
Read an excerpt!

The 5th Deck Podcast – S1E18 – Large Mashing Teens

Title: The 5th Deck Podcast – S1E18 – Large Mashing Teens
Date: July 13, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The 5th Deck Podcast, Jonah Birenbaum and I answer some listener questions.
Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S2E02 – Mas Fresco

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – S2E02 – Mas Fresco
Date: July 12, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I discuss more Raptors moves and their Summer League performance.
Read an excerpt!

C.J. Miles is an elite shooter. That’s good news for the Raptors

Title: C.J. Miles is an elite shooter. That’s good news for the Raptors
Date: July 10, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at the Raptors’ acquisition of CJ Miles, a pretty seamless offensive fit.
Read an excerpt!