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rbala

  • joined Jun 09, 2009
  • last login Nov 04, 2013
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Having a passion for all things basketball, Ray has managed to parlay that passion into a writing career. He will be looking after all Canadian oriented basketball content for the HQ.

Having been a contributor to various basketball, and non basketball, publications over the last few years, Ray has also held the position of sports editor at Toronto community newspaper, lifestyle editor for the Australian basketball magazine Handle as well as contributed stories to Canada Basketball. He has recently been a contributor to SLAMonline as well as SLAM Magazine.

He is currently still obsessed with all things basketball, particularly Canadian, while trying to find the time to grow this music and increasingly large shoe collection. When not the local Y working on his spotty jumper, he can be found scouring the city looking for vintage Nike Flight apparel.

A Fan Of...

  • NBA Toronto Raptors
  • NCAAB Georgetown Hoyas
  • MLB Toronto Blue Jays
  • General The Losing Team
  • Fantasy Team Scarborough
User Blog

The SWNT, Bennett, Nurse, Anderson, Egi and more

This week's worth of basketball news has the Senior Women winning silver in Mexico and heading to Turkey in 2014, Anthony Bennett, Braeden Anderson to have neck surgery, Kia Nurse could be the female Andrew Wiggins, Chris Egi commits to Harvard here.

The SWNT, Bennett, Wiggins, Olynyk and more here

After a week's hiatus we have the Senior Women starting off their road to the FIBA World Cup, Anthony Bennett cleared to play, CIS head coach Scott Morrison heading to the D-League, a never before seen Andrew Wiggins interview and more here ...

The SMNT, Wiggins, NBL Canada and more here

Senior Men start high and end low in Venezuela failing to qualify for the FIBA World Cup, Andrew Wiggins is a pre-season All America selection, Braeden Anderson in an accident, some NBL Canada signings, a new ear for a CIS school in Canadian Content

The SMNT, Joseph, Shayok, Thompson and more here

The Senior Men are heading to the 2nd round of the FIBA Americas Championship with some strong wins, Cory Joseph has been playing incredibly, Marial Shayok has some visits lined up, Canada medals at the U18 Americas 3x3 and more in Canadian Content.

The SMNT, Stauskas, NBL Canada and more here

The Senior Men's National Team is starting their journey to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup today, Xavier Rathan-Mayes ineligible for the year, lots of NBL Canada news, Nik Stauskas, Kia Nurse, Lakehead retools and more in Canadian Content.

The SMNT, Olynyk, NBLC, On Point all here

The Senior Men are looking limp in Puerto Rico, Kelly Olynyk feels his foot in fine, the NBL Canada, our man Drew Ebanks has another great On Point video, Jason Calliste went from Titan to Duck, Joey Haywood shows out here in Canadian Content ...

SMNT, Bennett, Ennis, NBL Canada Draft and more

The Senior Men are in their last leg of exhibition games, Anthony Bennett, the NBL Canada holds their Draft, Tyler Ennis comes home (kinda), the Windsor Lancers and Carleton Ravens beat NCAA teams, a great coaching app and more in Canadian Content...

The SWNT, SMNT, Olynyk, On Point and more here

We have the Senior Women perfect in their first tune up tournament, the Senior Men have their roster trimmed, Kelly Olynyk, our man Drew Ebanks with two On Point episodes, Jamal Murray is getting people's attention, the NBL Canada Draft and more here

Cory, Kelly, Trey, CIA Bounce, King Handles here

Cory Joseph thinks the SMNT is coming together, could Kelly Olynyk be the Rookie of the Year, Trey Lyles is set to visit schools, King Handles is playing with KD while Joey Haywood is heading to Denmark, a nice look on CIA Bounce in Canadian Content.

The SMNT, Thompson, Zabo, Lyles, Bachynski here

We have lots from the Senior Men's National Team from the weekend tilt with Jamaica, Tristan Thompson is going right, Jordan Bachynski is back in China, Kevin Zabo commits, Phil Scrubb, Trey Lyles and more in this edition of Canadian Content ...

SMNT, Olynyk, Heslip, Powell, Ejim and more here

We have lots of Senior Men's news on the eve of their summer, Kelly OIynyk's NBA Rookie photo shoot, the NBL Canada announces a team is missing 2013-14, Brady Heslip, Melvin Ejim, Dwight Powell, Slam looks at Toronto basketball in Canadian Content.

Nash, SMNT, Bennett, Bounce OVO tourney and more

We have the Senior Men's National Team, Steve Nash, the CBC's Peter Mansbridge interviews Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Pangos go at it in a great high school game clip, the Bhullar brothers, last week's Bounce OVO tournament here ...

The SMNT, Steve Nash, Ray Kasongo and more here

The Senior Men's National Team was announced this past Friday, Steve Nash is making news with his Inter Milan tryout, Warren Ward is officially a pro, Cambrian has a new coach, Ray Kasongo getting offers and more in Canadian Content ...

The JWNT, Kelly, Kyle, Andrew and Cory here ...

We have the Junior Women in Lithuania, Kelly Olynyk still the talk of NBA Summer League, more on Kyle Wiltjer's transfer to Gonzaga, some Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph and more in this edition of Canadian Content ...

Wiltjer, Bennett, Lyles, JWNT, Olynyk all here

Kyle Wiltjer is heading west with his transfer, Anthony Bennett returns to Las Vegas, the Junior Women are at the U19 championships, another Canadian NCAA head coach, Trey Lyles, Tanveer Bhullar commits, Teki Gill-Caeser and more in Canadian Content.

DMNT, Bennett, Olynyk, Lyles and more here

The DMNT are looking to finish in Russia with a medal, Kelly Olynyk is the golden boy in Orlando Summer League, Trey Lyles trims his list down to four schools, Joel Anthony and Tristan Thompson are for the children, Kris Joseph is waived and more ...

Olynyk, DMNT, Lyles and more here

The DMNT are still perfect in Russia, Kelly Olynyk is making everyone stand up in Orlando, Kris Joseph officially back in Boston, Trey Lyles, Negus Webster-Chan shows out in Hawaii, an American baller at Carleton and more in today's Canadian Content.

JMNT, Bennett, Olynyk, Nicholson and more here

The JMNT finishes 6th in the world, both Development Teams in Russia, Kelly Olynyk has a monster pro debut in summer league, Anthony Bennett has values, Myck Kabongo is ready to prove something, Andrew Nicholson looking good in Canadian Content ...

JMNT, Bennett, Olynyk, Cadougan and more here

The Junior Men are looking to stay alive in Prague, Anthony Bennett goes back to where is started for him in Toronto, Kelly Olynyk is introduced to Boston, the NBLC's Storm is moving, Junior Cadougan on Bucks' Summer League team and more right here.

JMNT, Bennett, Olynyk, Wiltjer, Kabongo and more

Reactions to Anthony Bennett and Kelly Olynyk post NBA Draft, Myck Kabongo is on the Heat summer league team, the Junior Men still alive in Prague, Kyle Wiltjer transfer news, Jordan Bachynski, the Senior Men are playing Jamaica and more here ...

Bennett #1, Olynyk to Boston, Wiltjer & more here

Anthony Bennett is the highest Drafted Canadian going #1, Kelly Olynyk makes it two Canucks in the Lottery, the Junior Men take a loss to Spain at the U19 Championships, more on Kyle Wiltjer transfer talks and more in Canadian Content ...

The Cadettesm Bennett, Olynyk, Wiggins here

The Cadette Women bring home the Silver from Mexico, Anthony Bennett and Kelly Olynyk and the NBA Draft, Tristan Thompson, Andrew Wiggins is a star in waiting, Joe De Ciman, Doug Plumb a pro, NBLC looking at the summer and more here ...

DMNT and Cadettes perfect, Wiggins, Olynyk here

The Development Men's Team going 9-0, the Cadette's starting off 2-0, Andrew Wiggins impressing in week one on campus, Kelly Olynyk in the Draft, Jack Donahue, Warren Ward signs a contract in Europe, Tyler Ennis, Nick Madray in Canadian Content.

Nash, Olynyk, Bennett, Cory and Joel, Wiggins here

The Cadet Men winning bronze in Uruguay, the Junior Men are set, Cory Joseph and Joel Anthony's moms, Steve Nash could have limited minutes, Kelly Olynyk and Anthony Bennett are make the workout rounds, Andrew Wiggins is on campus and more here ...

Cory, Myck, Nash, Wiggins, Olynyk and lots more

Cory Joseph could be a huge tonight for the Spurs, Steve Nash eyeing healthy start, Canada Basketball starting off summer with wins, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk and Myck Kabongo are working out, a second domestic basketball league and more here ...

Nash, Kabongo, Olynyk, Jack Donahue all here

We have Steve Nash looking to return to soccer in New Yock City this summer, Myck Kabongo, Kelly Olynyk and the Sixers, the late Jack Donahue being inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, Canada West realignment, American vistors in Canadian Content ...

The SWNT, Tristan, Cory, Myck, Kelly and more ...

The Senior Women have been turning heads in Europe last week, Jay Triano talks about the National Program, Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph, Myck Kabongo and Kelly Olynyk prepping for the Draft, another episode of On Point and more here ...

Nash, Wiggins, SWNT, Tristan, Cory, Ward all here

Andrew Wiggins pens classy thank you to in Huntington, WV, SWNT win two, Steve Nash is not retiring yet, Tristan Thompson goes at it with Gary Payton, Cory Joseph talks on TSN, Todd MacCulloch, Warren Ward and Syracuse in Ottawa in Canadian Content.

SWNT, Kabonbo, Nicholson, Bennett, Lyles here

We have two looks from the past weekend's SWNT tryout camp, Myck Kabongo at the Draft Combine, Andrew Nicholson on the radio, Anthony Bennett making some rounds pre-Draft, Trey Lyles still deciding, Malcolm Duvivier a Beaver in Canadian Content ...

Wiggins, Nash, Wiggins and Nash all right here

Andrew Wiggins news dominated the last few days including a possible future shoe company bidding war, Steve Nash is still looking to finish out his Lakers contract, Malcolm Duvivier and Mikyle McIntosh commit south, Warren Ward in Canadian Content.

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