Category Archives: Feature

Some of your favourite Toronto sports highlights of the last few years? You can thank Kianna Klauck for that

Title: Some of your favourite Toronto sports highlights of the last few years? You can thank Kianna Klauck for that
Date: June 28, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Kianna Klauck, one of the key replay operators for the Raptors and Leafs and one of the lone queer/BIPOC women in Canadian sports media. Read an excerpt!

‘He’s too smart to be in basketball’: How Raptors 905 assistant Eric Khoury turned a Master’s degree into an NBA gig

Title: ‘He’s too smart to be in basketball’: How Raptors 905 assistant Eric Khoury turned a Master’s degree into an NBA gig
Date: May 31, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Raptors 905 assistant coach Eric Khoury, who has gone from aerospace engineering and a master’s in experimental fluid dynamics to the precipice of a G League head coaching gig. Read an excerpt!

Alize Johnson carving out fans, a future with Nets: ‘He was not going to shrink’

Title: Alize Johnson carving out fans, a future with Nets: ‘He was not going to shrink’
Date: May 14, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Alize Johnson finally getting an NBA opportunity, winning fans in Brooklyn, and building a future with the Nets. Read an excerpt!

Raptors’ Freddie Gillespie takes unbeaten path from DIII to the NBA: ‘He’s not a normal kid’

Title: Raptors’ Freddie Gillespie takes unbeaten path from DIII to the NBA: ‘He’s not a normal kid’
Date: April 13, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Freddie Gillespie’s unlikely path to the NBA, from chess club through Division III basketball and eventually to the Raptors. Read an excerpt!

DeAndre’ Bembry, the Raptors’ king of good vibes: ‘Just bringing good, positive energy’

Title: DeAndre’ Bembry, the Raptors’ king of good vibes: ‘Just bringing good, positive energy’
Date: April 6, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about how DeAndre’ Bembry maintains his positivity and how his energy raises thoe around him. Read an excerpt!

One-on-one with Raptors 905 GM Chad Sanders: Player development in a pandemic, 10-day contract decisions, more

Title: One-on-one with Raptors 905 GM Chad Sanders: Player development in a pandemic, 10-day contract decisions, more
Date: April 2, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I sat down (kinda) with Raptors 905 GM Chad Sanders to discuss a host of Raptors player development topics. Read an excerpt!

Malachi Flynn eager to follow Fred VanVleet’s path from 905 to Raptors star

Title: Malachi Flynn eager to follow Fred VanVleet’s path from 905 to Raptors star
Date: February 9, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Malachi Flynn’s approach to his first G League assignment and the lessons the Raptors’ 905 alumni passed down. Read an excerpt!

The Raptors are becoming a hot ticket for Tampa’s NBA fans

Title: The Raptors are becoming a hot ticket for Tampa’s NBA fans
Date: December 23, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I spoke to NBA fans in Tampa about the Raptors’ temporary move there and what it means to them. Read an excerpt!

Raptors’ first game in Tampa shows there will be an adjustment period

Title: Raptors’ first game in Tampa shows there will be an adjustment period
Date: December 23, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the scene in Tampa for the Raptors’ “home” opener and the adjustment period ahead. Read an excerpt!

Toronto to Tampa, in 6 weeks: Inside the Raptors frantic COVID-19 relocation

Title: Toronto to Tampa, in 6 weeks: Inside the Raptors frantic COVID-19 relocation
Date: December 22, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I went to Tampa to go deep inside the Raptors’ whirlwind relocation for the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. Read an excerpt!