Blake Murphy

Basketball

The World's Best Middle School Basketball Player Is Toronto's Elijah Fisher

The 14-year-old hoops phenom headlines the class of 2023 and wants to be the greatest Canadian basketball player since Steve Nash.
Blake Murphy
10.10.18
nba

DeMar DeRozan's Loyalty to the Toronto Raptors Was Admirable

DeRozan, traded to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard, was Toronto basketball. He put the city on his back, became an All-Star, and did it all with class. He'll be missed.
Blake Murphy
7.18.18
nba

Chris Boucher, a Raw 25-Year-Old, Is on a Mission to Prove He's NBA Worthy

Boucher got his start in basketball late and is older than most longer-term projects, but the lanky Canadian teases with game-changing upside.
Blake Murphy
7.13.18
nba

Meet Tryggvi Hlinason, Iceland's Sheep Farming NBA Prospect

The 20-year-old 7-footer, who didn't start playing basketball until he was 16, is trying to become the second player from Iceland to make the NBA.
Blake Murphy
7.12.18
Basketball

R.J. Barrett and Canada Are Getting Ready to Flex on the Basketball World

The Canadian men's team could finally be ready to take off and graduate into a force, something they've given us a preview of at the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Blake Murphy
7.5.18
rugby

Toronto's Pro Rugby Games Are a Giant Party

The Rugby League's Wolfpack are crushing teams in front of a rowdy home crowd and are on their way to solidifying themselves as a staple of Toronto summers.
Blake Murphy
6.20.18
nba

Nick Nurse Leading the Raptors Feels Like a Good Fit, Bad Optics Be Damned

Hiring the assistant of the successful guy you fired as head coach is sure to be questioned. But Nurse is not Dwane Casey, and sounds like the fresh voice and innovator Toronto needs.
Blake Murphy
6.15.18
new japan pro wrestling

Kenny Omega Beat Kazuchika Okada in One of the Best Wrestling Matches Ever

The fourth installment of this rivalry was legendary, with Omega becoming New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
Blake Murphy
6.11.18
WRESTLING

Get Ready for Another All-Time Classic from Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada

We should expect nothing but the best from the New Japan Pro Wrestling superstars when they meet for the fourth time with the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Blake Murphy
6.7.18
nba

Firing Dwane Casey Is a Difficult But Justifiable Move for Toronto Raptors

Casey is the most successful coach in franchise history, but his Raptors teams have struggled to perform in the playoffs. Expect more changes from Masai Ujiri.
Blake Murphy
5.11.18
nba

The Toronto Raptors Shouldn't Blow It Up

Masai Ujiri isn't going to tank and he shouldn't try to, either. At least not this offseason. There's value in sticking with this core.
Blake Murphy
5.10.18
NBA playoffs

The Toronto Raptors Played Everyone for Fools

In hindsight, it almost seems silly to think Toronto had any chance of beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
Blake Murphy
5.8.18
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