The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions, and Matt Devlin was there for every single game of the run. Here his take on the Raptors’ amazing run, what moments stand out to him, and what this win means for basketball in Canada.
NBA prospect Brandon Clarke comes back on Canada’s Court to discuss the draft process so far. Clarke talks about the gruelling but fun onslaught of team workouts, being interviewed by half the NBA’s front offices, and preparing for the big draft night.
The Toronto Raptors have made history, and advanced to the NBA finals. But they aren’t done there. Vivek Jacob of Yahoo Sports says the Raptors have a chance to win, and it could become an all-time great series. Vivek Jacob comes on the podcast to talk about what Toronto was like after the big win, what the finals might look like, and how Kawhi Leonard will be remembered in Toronto.
Kawhi Leonard hit one of the greatest shots of all time to win Game 7 for the Raptors against the 76ers, and now they’re off to play the Bucks. Sean Woodley of Locked On Raptors comes on the podcast to talk about the series, the great shot, and where it stands in Raptors history.
In Kindergarten Brandon Clarke told his class he was going to the NBA. Over the next month, he has a chance to make that happen. Clarke will be checking in with Canada's Court throughout the draft process. Here's the first part of his story, where he talks about preparing for the month-long process.
Canada Basketball hall of famer Joyce Slipp comes on the podcast to talk about the evolution on the game, playing when there was six players on the court, and being the first women’s team to go to the Olympics. All this and more on Episode 41 of Canada’s Court.
Haley McDonald stole the show at the Atlantic University Sport playoffs. She scored an AUS record of 51 points to help the Acadia Axewomen go to the finals, where they beat the Memorial Seahawks to capture their second straight AUS championship. Haley McDonald comes on the podcast to talk about the record setting game, and getting ready for the Usports Final 8.
Steven Marcus and the St. John’s Edge are going for an NBL championship this season, and they’ve got some big help to get there. Associate Head Coach Steven Marcus and the Edge signed Glen Davis this season, and the city of St. John’s had really embraced Davis, and the team. Steven Marcus talks about his coaching career so far, and what it’s like working in the NBL.
Coach Jay Triano has no shortage of stories when it comes to Canadian basketball. In his new book Open Look, Triano tells stories like how he became friends with Terry Fox, his passion for sports, helping make early NBA video games, and so much more. On episode 38 of the podcast, Coach Triano talks about his book and some of his story. You can be entered to win a copy of the book by sharing the tweet and Facebook post containing the link to this episode.
Khem Birch has learned a lot of patience in his journey to the NBA. Khem Birch declared for the NBA draft in 2014, but went undrafted. But he didn’t give up. After playing in the G-League, and having fire crackers thrown at him while playing in Europe, Khem Birch finally got a shot in the NBA, and he made the most of it. Now he has a contract with the Orlando Magic. Hear his story here.
Tamara Tatham made history in August, when it was announced that she would join the G-League Raptors 905 coaching staff. She will be the first Canadian woman to have a coaching gig in a major North American pro men’s league. Tamara Tatham took a few minutes to chat with host Philip Drost about what that means to her, and what she is hoping to learn during the season.
Time to break down the blockbuster deal between the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs. The Raptors sent their franchise star, DeMar DeRozan, to a new home, for disgrunteled Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. But has the trade hurt the Raptors reputation? What can we expect from Kawhi? And what will be the lasting legacy of DeRozan? Raptors play-by-play announcer Matt Devlin comes on the podcast to talk about the big trade.
David Tyndale always imagined being on the court with the best in the game, but it hasn't been in the way he expected. Tyndale is a personal trainer for some NBA players, university players, and will basically work out with the nearest basketball player. He currently works with Canadian and now Portland Trailblazer Nik Stauskas, as well as players at Temple University.
Michele O'Keefe has announced she will step down from her role as president and CEO of Canada Basketball at the end of June. O'Keefe has been a witness and factor in Canada rising among the ranks as a top basketball nation.
Dillon Brooks quickly outplayed his second round selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, and became a starter on the Memphis Grizzlies. Listen to Dillon Brooks talk about his first year in the NBA, his incredible work ethic, one of the greatest flops of all time, and much more.
If Eric Smith of Sportsnet was betting on the Raptors vs. Cavs series with host Philip Drost's money, he would put it on the Toronto Raptors. But if Smith had to bet with his own cash, well it's hard to bet against LeBron James. Listen as Eric Smith breaks down the matchup.
March Madness may be just underway in the United States, but in Canada, the Madness has already wrapped up. The Calgary Dinos won the men's university national championship, and on the women's side, the Carleton Ravens came away with the win.
In this episode, hear Dinos' guard David Kapinga talk about his amazing journey from the Congo, to being blocked from playing D1 basketball, and then having to be a walk-on to play for the Dinos.
Also hear from Ravens' Elizabeth Leblanc on Carleton's undefeated season, and winning the school's first women's basketball championship, after having to settle for a bronze in 2017.
In episode 29 of Canada's Court, Cory Joseph of the Indiana Pacers joins the podcast. Joseph has spent the more time than any other Canadian playing for the Toronto Raptors and continues to be very committed to the national team. Hear Cory talk about his time in Toronto, being drafted by the Spurs, and getting his car souped-up by Tim Duncan.
We are half way through the 2017-2018 season, and the Toronto Raptors are 30-13. With just one more west coast road trip to go and the Raptors solidly in 2nd place in the East, there is a lot to be happy about. But there are still a lot of questions. Blake Murphy (The Athletic, Vice Spots, Raptors Republic) joins host Philip Drost to talk about some of those questions, and some fun ones as well, like how would Dwayne Casey do in a coach's All-Star Game and who might pop up in the next GoDaddy commercial.
2017 is coming to an end, so time to do what people do at this time of year, and take a look back at some of the major events and interviews of the year. In this episode, you'll hear excerpts of 5 interviews. If you have a highlight you'd like to share, send it in on twitter @canadascourt, or email it to email@example.com