Author Archives: Blake Murphy

Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on Sportsnet 650

Title: Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on Sportsnet 650
Date: January 21, 2018
Original Source: Sportsnet Radio
Synopsis: I appeared on Sportsnet 650 to discuss the Raptors’ loss to Minnesota and get the pulse of the team around the midway point.
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Analyzing how the Raptors’ offence has changed through half a season

Title: Analyzing how the Raptors’ offence has changed through half a season
Date: January 19, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at how the Raptors’ offense has changed, through half a season of the culture reset.
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Drake and The Raptors Partnership Continues To Expand

Title: Drake and The Raptors Partnership Continues To Expand
Date: January 19, 2018
Original Source: Raptors.com
Synopsis: I’m going to be helping Raptors.com out a bit this year. In my latest for them, I went deeper on the expanded Drake-Raptors relationship and the Welcome Toronto initiative.
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Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on TSN 1150

Title: Radio Appearance: Talking Raptors on TSN 1150
Date: January 18, 2018
Original Source: TSN Radio
Synopsis: I appeared on TSN 1150 to talk Raptors-Pistons and tee up Raptors-Spurs.
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Podcast Appearance: Canada’s Court

Title: Podcast Appearance: Canada’s Court
Date: January 18, 2018
Original Source: Canada’s Court
Synopsis: I joined the latest edition of the Canada’s Court podcast, talking all things Raptors at the midway point.
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Kennedy Meeks’ personal turnaround spurs one for Raptors 905 as well

Title: Kennedy Meeks’ personal turnaround spurs one for Raptors 905 as well
Date: January 18, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kennedy Meeks stepping up for Raptors 905 on and off the court, helping key a significant turnaround.
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Drive’s K.J. McDaniels still betting on himself in pursuit of return to NBA

Title: Drive’s K.J. McDaniels still betting on himself in pursuit of return to NBA
Date: January 17, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Detroit, I spoke to K.J. McDaniels about his bet on himself as a rookie and a new bet on himself in the G League as he tried to make his way back to the NBA.
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Two-Way Contracts Shifted The Focus At This Year’s NBA G League Showcase

Title: Two-Way Contracts Shifted The Focus At This Year’s NBA G League Showcase
Date: January 17, 2018
Original Source: Dime Magazine (Uproxx Sports)
Synopsis: In my latest for Dime Magazine at Uproxx Sports, I wrote about how two-way contracts are changing the G League and the 10-day contract market, then provided some assorted notes from The G League Showcase. Read an excerpt!

Raptors’ You Can Play Game Is a Significant Night in NBA History

Title: Raptors’ You Can Play Game Is a Significant Night in NBA History
Date: January 17, 2018
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: In my latest for Vice, I wrote about the Raptors hosting the NBA’s first You Can Play night to promote inclusivity in sport for the LGBTQ community, and why they felt it was important to do so.
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It’s a long road to the NBA — and maybe the Warriors — for Damion Lee, Steph Curry’s future brother-in-law

Title: It’s a long road to the NBA — and maybe the Warriors — for Damion Lee, Steph Curry’s future brother-in-law
Date: January 17, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: I chipped in at The Athletic San Francisco, writing from The G League Showcase about Warriors prospect Damion Lee, his recovery from a second torn ACL, and his relationship with the Curry family.
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