Front Office

Alex Gres

Accountant by day, and as luck would have it, a Raptors diehard by night. Unluckier still, resides away from all the action in Calgary, Alberta.

Anthony Doyle

Barry Taylor

Blake Murphy

Blake has been with RR since 2009. He was originally known for his curse - the Raptors had a 3-18 stretch from 2010-12 when Blake had post-game coverage duties - and later for naming a dog after Jose Calderon. He's presently the site's lead writer and Managing Editor. You can also find his work at The Athletic, Vice, and some other places, and formerly at theScore. Will's dad.

Cameron Dorrett

Cooper Smither

Founder of RaptorsPlaybook, a YouTube channel dedicated to Raptors' X's & O's. I also write about the Raptors. I archive all of my writing at my blog:

Nils Linnenbrügger

When not online doing Raptors related things such as work with forums, “Tweeting” and networking, Doc can be found …. ummm …. errr …. working with forums, Tweeting and networking. Doc got his start via the ESPN message boards back during the ’00-’01 season but most will recall him from places like EBSports and most notably, RaptorsForum. Raised and current resident in the real Dr. James Naismith’s hometown of Almonte, ON, Doc was once part of a local group called the Naismith Foundation who petitioned to have the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame where it deserves to be in his hometown of Almonte. His closest claim to NBA fame is that he once played pick-up basketball with ex-National Team member and hometown boy “Kory Hallas” who once tried out for the Vancouver Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons, but to no avail. All time favourite player and who he tried to emulate during his high school days of playing hoops was none other than Rick Mahorn himself. “Thump & Bump” baby. Email: doc at

Gavin MacPherson

Gavin is a longtime basketball junky and 10x NBA2K16 executive of the year who specializes in deflating hype, playing devil’s advocate and raining on parades. He doesn’t have the writing credentials of other Republic writers but his lack of experience is offset by excessive amounts of spunk and moxie. Stephon Marbury is his spirit animal.

Josh Weinstein

Josh Weinstein is a student at The College of Sports Media and avid lover of the NBA. He previously interned with The Toronto Sun and now writes for Raptors Republic and 24 Hours Toronto.

Joshua Howe

Joshua is Editor-in-Chief at Press Basketball, a staff writer at Raptors Republic, and a film critic at Scene Creek. He is an avid fan of literature, film, and, of course, the Raps.

Kiyan Sobhani

When I'm not busy getting crucified for my player grades in the QRs, I'm running SB Nation's Managing Madrid and contributing regularly to FourFourTwo.

Louis Zatzman

Louis spends most of his life watching basketball and so writes about it now and then. He's been with RR since the 2016-17 season.

Matt Shantz

He gets forced to play as a big during pick-up due to his height, but lacks the body mass to support such ambitious goals. Matt’s relationship with the Raptors can look a lot like Stockholm Syndrome, although one day his friends and family will understand why he put himself through the heartbreak.

Mike Nelson III

After his basketball scholarship was revoked, and numerous Tommy John surgeries derailed his Baseball career, the former High School Point Guard (backup) decided to enter the writing game. One column in particular, where Kyle Lowry was called out for a lack of hustle, earned him high praise. I believe it was: "Eat sh!t, you bearded hipster."

Nick Reynoldson

Comedian, Actor and Writer. Nick can be found performing Stand-up comedy in clubs and theatres across the country. 1/2 of Talking Raptors. Sick handles. No defence.

Sahal Abdi

After his unsuccessful loan stint with Wallahi FC in Somaliland, Sahal eventually re-situated in the greatest city on Earth — Toronto, Ontario. He provides great holiday rates for companies seeking additional vehicle parking (his forehead). He was a Kyle Lowry fan before Kyle Lowry started believing in himself. Formerly at FanSided's Raptors Rapture, current Managing Editor at Rotoden and weekly contributor to the Locked On Raptors podcast.

Scott Hastie

Scott covers the Raptors and believes all the pieces matter. He doesn't regret watching those awful Sunday matinee games, but has second thoughts about believing in Bargnani. Scott lives in Red Deer, Alberta now, and was previously the Editor-in-Chief for McMaster's student newspaper and handled analytics for the McMaster men's basketball program.

Shyam Baskaran

Shyam is about as die-hard a Raptor fan as they come. A product of Mississauga, he has played competitive basketball at various levels but was unable to make anything out of his well below-average talents. Shyam started with Raptors Republic in 2015, and is looking to live the basketball dream through his writing, podcasting and tweeting about everything Raptors and the NBA. A Chartered Accountant by day, when Shyam’s not in the office, staying up to date on the Raps helps keep him sane.

Tamberlyn Richardson

Tamberlyn Richardson joined Raptors Republic in 2013. Presently she is the Managing Editor of Sixteen Wins A Ring and Editor of Thunderous Intentions, the FanSided OKC Thunder site. Additionally, she hosts a podcast- Tamberlyn’s Tip-Off and is a frequent contributor to NBA Full Court Press Radio, The 94 Feet Report and many others. Nicknamed The Queen of the NBA by the Doctor of Joyology (Steve Gennaro), she remains unabashedly faithful to the lone team North of the border.

Tim Chisholm

Tim was’s first basketball columnist and he spent nine years there writing about the NBA, the Raptors and FIBA basketball. He also spent three years writing about the NBA and the Raptors for Bell Sympatico’s sports section. He has been contributing to Raptors Republic for two seasons, where he routinely proves unable to meet even the leanest of podcast requests.

Vivek Jacob

Vivek slid into RR's DMs covering the Bruno experiment in 2016. Despite a very specific request after QRs to "stick to serving at Subway," he will remain a regular contributor. You can also find his work at North Pole Hoops and BBallBreakdown.

William Lou

Big head, bigger heart. Voice of RR, NBA writer at theScore, host at The Defeated Pod, Raptors Twitter god, and originator of list-analysis content.

Zarar Siddiqi

Long-time Raptors blogger and Arsenal supporter. Arse also happens to know a lot about how to make things work on the web which worked out well for the site. He likes loves hates despises follows the Raptors closer than he does his mutual funds. He's a lethal 3-point shooter when he's wide open and knows nothing about cars, Canadian politics, hockey, interest rates or how money works. He's from Kashmir and he happens to be terrified of fish. His favorite show is The Wire and his favorite movie is Fargo. He also happens to rock the mic like El Presidente... Email: arsenalist at

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