Category Archives: Basketball

‘That’s my one guy that I put up on a pedestal’: Death of Kobe Bryant hits Raptors and Spurs players hard

Title: ‘That’s my one guy that I put up on a pedestal’: Death of Kobe Bryant hits Raptors and Spurs players hard
Date: January 26, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors and Spurs playing through the loss of Kobe Bryant, Bryant’s impact on the roster, and the bonds basketball creates. Read an excerpt!

Open Gym appearance

Title: Open Gym appearance
Date: January 24, 2020
Original Source: Open Gym
Synopsis: I made an appearance on the latest episode of Open Gym, discussing the impact Raptors 905 have had on the Raptors, specifically with respect to Fred VanVleet.

You can check out my earlier TV appearances here.

Pascal Siakam shakes off mini-slump against Knicks: ‘I’m excited about it, getting back to being who I am’

Title: Pascal Siakam shakes off mini-slump against Knicks: ‘I’m excited about it, getting back to being who I am’
Date: January 24, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Pascal Siakam bouncing back from a tough stretch to lift the Raptors against the Knicks and reaffirm his All-Star status. Read an excerpt!

Murphy: All your Raptors trade ideas for 2020 are bad and here’s why

Title: Murphy: All your Raptors trade ideas for 2020 are bad and here’s why
Date: January 23, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I did my annual pre-trade deadline mailbag column, analyzing the trade proposals of readers/followers. Read an excerpt!

Nobody saw Pascal Siakam’s unlikely rise to All-Star starter coming — except him

Title: Nobody saw Pascal Siakam’s unlikely rise to All-Star starter coming — except him
Date: January 23, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Pascal Siakam being named an NBA All-Star starter, the latest checkpoint in the league’s unlikeliest development story. Read an excerpt!

Raptors might be back to rotating starting lineups, putting all-bench units in a new light

Title: Raptors might be back to rotating starting lineups, putting all-bench units in a new light
Date: January 21, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about what a return to health means for the Raptors’ rotations and for the potential of all-bench lineups. Read an excerpt!

What can the Raptors do at the trade deadline? A primer on their assets, trade rules and more

Title: What can the Raptors do at the trade deadline? A primer on their assets, trade rules and more
Date: January 17, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote my annual trade deadline primer, explaining what assets the Raptors have, what the trade rules they must operate within are, and more. Read an excerpt!

Joey Votto on 25 years of Raptors fandom, whether he can still dunk, the greatest Raptor debate, and more

Title: Joey Votto on 25 years of Raptors fandom, whether he can still dunk, the greatest Raptor debate, and more
Date: January 15, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis:  In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I interviewed Joey Votto about his 25 years as a Raptors fan, what it meant as a Canadian athlete to see the Raptors win the championship, whether he can still dunk, and more. Read an excerpt!

Raptors Reasonablists, Volume IV, Part II: Figuring out a (somewhat) healthy rotation

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume IV, Part II: Figuring out a (somewhat) healthy rotation
Date: January 14, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists. The latest edition looked at what the Raptors rotation may (and should) look like when the team gets healthy.
Read an excerpt!

The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Friendly Reminder: DeMar’s return, early signs from Siakam & Powell + Lowry’s All-Star case

Title: The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast – Friendly Reminder: DeMar’s return, early signs from Siakam & Powell + Lowry’s All-Star case
Date: January 13, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In the latest edition of The Raptors Reasonablists Podcast, Eric Koreen and I discuss what a few returns mean for the Raptors, Kyle Lowry’s All-Star case, DeMar DeRozan’s return, and more. Read an excerpt!