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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Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on Sportsnet 590

Title: Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on Sportsnet 590
Date: September 24, 2018
Original Source: Sportsnet Radio
Synopsis: I appeared on Sportsnet 590 The Fan to tee up Raptors media day.
Check out the audio!

Blake Murphy: How The Athletic is going to take Raptors coverage to the next level in 2018-19

Title: Blake Murphy: How The Athletic is going to take Raptors coverage to the next level in 2018-19
Date: September 24, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: An explanation of my decision to join The Athletic full-time. Read an excerpt!

Raptors Weekly Podcast – Tying up loose ends

Title: Raptors Weekly Podcast – Tying up loose ends
Date: September 24, 2018
Original Source: Raptors Republic
Synopsis: I joined the latest edition of Raptors Weekly Extra to recalibrate ahead of training camp following a long and dramatic offseason.
Read the full article!

Sharpshooters: Bret Hart tweet sparks childhood memories for Borucki brothers

Title: Sharpshooters: Bret Hart tweet sparks childhood memories for Borucki brothers
Date: September 21, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Blue Jays’ starter Ryan Borucki, a tweet of support he received from Bret Hart, and a brotherly bond over wrestling.
Read an excerpt!

World Cup medal for women could be perfect bridge for Canada Basketball

Title: World Cup medal for women could be perfect bridge for Canada Basketball
Date: September 21, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canada’s chances in the FIBA Women’s World Cup and why a place on the podium could mean so much to the entire program. Read an excerpt!

Money moves: Analysing the Raptors’ camp roster, cap sheet and tax bill

Title: Money moves: Analysing the Raptors’ camp roster, cap sheet and tax bill
Date: September 20, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I explained the different contract types on the Raptors’ training camp roster and provided a pre-camp update of their salary cap and luxury tax situations. Read an excerpt!

How Will A 14-Second Shot Clock After Offensive Rebounds Impact The NBA?

Title: How Will A 14-Second Shot Clock After Offensive Rebounds Impact The NBA?
Date: September 20, 2018
Original Source: Dime Magazine (Uproxx Sports)
Synopsis: In my latest for Dime Magazine at Uproxx Sports, I did a data dive to see what impact the NBA’s proposal to change the shot clock to 14 seconds after offensive rebounds might look like.
Read an excerpt!

Experimental Raptors may leave big camp questions unanswered into season

Title:Experimental Raptors may leave big camp questions unanswered into season
Date: September 19, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about why the Raptors will enter the season with some open questions they’re happy taking their time to answer, based on a July conversation with Nick Nurse. Read an excerpt!

The big time bet: Inside Fred VanVleet’s restricted free agency

Title: The big time bet: Inside Fred VanVleet’s restricted free agency
Date: September 18, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I went deep with Fred VanVleet on his free agent decision, his first “ignorant” purchase with a new deal, and his “movie storyline” career to this point. Read an excerpt!

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