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.
The NBA calendar has developed over the years to include increasingly less downtime, with the league stretching ever-closer to being a 12-month-a-year presence in the news cycle. Even in a World Cup year, though, there are lulls. Short ones, but lulls nonetheless. There are almost three whole weeks between the conclusion of Summer League and the beginning of Canada Basketball training camp, after all.
The dreaded dead of the offseason at least allows for the benefit of time and distance, offering us a chance to come at some questions with fresh eyes. At least before we all go stir crazy and get into #MuscleWatch season. Ahead of that tipping point for collective sanity, I thought it made sense to open up the mailbag and see what’s on everyone’s minds.
Let’s get it.