Category Archives: Feature

Raptors’ Ishmail Wainright is a walking culture-builder: ‘Everyone wants to cheer for a guy like that’

Title: Raptors’ Ishmail Wainright is a walking culture-builder: ‘Everyone wants to cheer for a guy like that’
Date: August 25, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Ishmail Wainright, the Raptors hopeful who brings culture with him everywhere he goes. Read an excerpt!

Anas Mahmoud hopes to become Egypt’s first homegrown NBA player with Raptors

Title: Anas Mahmoud hopes to become Egypt’s first homegrown NBA player with Raptors
Date: August 25, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Anas Mahmoud and his desire to become Egypt’s first homegrown NBA player. Read an excerpt!

Raptors’ Malachi Flynn ready for bigger role after year as understudy to Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet

Title: Raptors’ Malachi Flynn ready for bigger role after year as understudy to Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet
Date: August 24, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Malachi Flynn’s year learning under Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, and how that got him ready for the opportunity ahead. Read an excerpt!

Wesley Johnson takes first step into coaching career with Raptors 905

Title: Wesley Johnson takes first step into coaching career with Raptors 905
Date: August 20, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Wesley Johnson making the transition to coaching with Raptors 905 and why a young coach who can “expose you still” is so valuable. Read an excerpt!

Inside the Raptors’ draft workout Toronto immersion experience: ‘A Territory Of Our Own’

Title: Inside the Raptors’ draft workout Toronto immersion experience: ‘A Territory Of Our Own’
Date: August 6, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ Toronto immersion room they used to help draft prospects get to know the city from Tampa. Read an excerpt!

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!