Category Archives: Feature

Raptors’ Paul Watson hopes training time with NBA stars is about to pay off

Title: Raptors’ Paul Watson hopes training time with NBA stars is about to pay off
Date: December 2, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Paul Watson Jr.’s offseason spent with Pascal Siakam, Rico Hines and NBA superstars in the hopes he can crack the Raptors rotation this year. Read an excerpt!

The Raptors embrace their move to Tampa: ‘I can’t not be excited about it’

Title: The Raptors embrace their move to Tampa: ‘I can’t not be excited about it’
Date: December 1, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, David Aldridge and I broke down the complicating factors in the Raptors’ move to Tampa. Read an excerpt!

Aron Baynes signing brings funny, ridiculous @BaynesFanClub to Raptors Twitter

Title: Aron Baynes signing brings funny, ridiculous @BaynesFanClub to Raptors Twitter
Date: November 27, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I profiled @BaynesFanClub, the bizarre and excellent Aron Baynes online fan account that is now a part of the Raptors along with Baynes. Read an excerpt!

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!