Category Archives: Feature

How the Raptors ‘scout team’ is adjusting to life inside the NBA’s bubble

Title: How the Raptors ‘scout team’ is adjusting to life inside the NBA’s bubble
Date: September 8, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about what life is like in the bubble amid a playoff run for the Raptors who aren’t really playing but still have important work to do. Read an excerpt!

‘Juice’ and chemistry: Behind the scenes of a remote TSN Raptors broadcast

Title: ‘Juice’ and chemistry: Behind the scenes of a remote TSN Raptors broadcast
Date: September 1, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I spent a playoff game in the studio with the Raptors broadcast to see what makes the crew tick and how a pandemic-era remote broadcast works. Read an excerpt!

Why the Raptors and Celtics are considering a walkout ahead of Game 1

Title: Why the Raptors and Celtics are considering a walkout ahead of Game 1
Date: August 26, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors considering a strike in Orlando, and why players are feeling it’s a necessary next step. Read an excerpt!

As the Raptors and Grizzlies prepare for a throwback, where is the Naismith Cup?

Title: As the Raptors and Grizzlies prepare for a throwback, where is the Naismith Cup?
Date: August 7, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I explored the history – and mystery – of The Naismith Cup, an old Canadian basketball relic that seems to be missing. Read an excerpt!

Jordan Loyd’s long, pandemic-induced wait for his Raptors championship ring

Title: Jordan Loyd’s long, pandemic-induced wait for his Raptors championship ring
Date: August 5, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Jordan Loyd’s long wait to receive his NBA Championship ring, what lockdown was like alone in Spain, and more. Read an excerpt!

What the new VP of culture and inclusion means for Raptors, 905 and Toronto

Title: What the new VP of culture and inclusion means for Raptors, 905 and Toronto
Date: July 20, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors hiring a vice president of culture and inclusion, what that means for the organization, and what the Raptors 905 and player development fallout are. Read an excerpt!

Murphy: Raptors’ disappointment with NBA jersey message restrictions justified

Title: Murphy: Raptors’ disappointment with NBA jersey message restrictions justified
Date: July 16, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Norman Powell’s frustration with the league limiting jersey messaging, and why he’s right that the league missed an opportunity for a greater statement. Read an excerpt!

‘It was always basketball’: How the Raptors became family to a superfan couple

Title: ‘It was always basketball’: How the Raptors became family to a superfan couple
Date: June 11, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Shahid and Samira, the Raptors season ticket holders and 905 superfans who missed the Raptors championship for the best reason possible. Read an excerpt!

How Canadian basketball leaders suggest fighting racism in new, collective ways

Title: How Canadian basketball leaders suggest fighting racism in new, collective ways
Date: June 3, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, Eric Koreen and I spoke to Raptors, coaches, and other Canadian basketball figures about anti-racism protests and what the basketball community needs to do from here. Read an excerpt!

‘The next steal’: Rico Hines sees a bright future for Raptors’ Paul Watson Jr.

Title: ‘The next steal’: Rico Hines sees a bright future for Raptors’ Paul Watson Jr.
Date: May 20, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Raptors’ two-way player Paul Watson Jr., his breakthrough G League season, and why a well-regarded player development coach believes he’ll be a steal for the Raptors. Read an excerpt!