Category Archives: Feature

Why the Raptors chose Tampa as their temporary home and what comes next

Title: Why the Raptors chose Tampa as their temporary home and what comes next
Date: November 20, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, Eric Koreen and I broke down the Raptors’ decision to start their season in Tampa after the Canadian government declined their request to play in Toronto. Read an excerpt!

Isiaha Mike stashed himself in Germany. Now will the Raptors draft the Canadian?

Title: Isiaha Mike stashed himself in Germany. Now will the Raptors draft the Canadian?
Date: November 13, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Canadian draft prospect Isiaha Mike and how the pandemic has forced him to create a new path to the NBA. Read an excerpt!

‘It means the world:’ Fred VanVleet and James Robinson put Rockford on the map

Title: ‘It means the world:’ Fred VanVleet and James Robinson put Rockford on the map
Date: October 16, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the connection between Fred VanVleet and James Robinson, a pair of slept-on undrafted success stories from the same city. Read an excerpt!

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!