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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
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Wiggins, SWNT, Wiggins, CIS and Wiggins here

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Today is the big day that Andrew Wiggins decides where he's going to school, the SWNT have a coaching staff, Wiggins is deciding today, Will Njoku, the Canada West is expanding again and don't...

SWNT, Wiggins, Olynyk, Bennett, Ward and more

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The Senior Women's National Team is starting up their first camp in two weeks, Kelly Olynyk putting in work now, Anthony Bennett is out for a bit, Warren Ward is killing cats at an NBA pre-Draft...

Nash, SWNT, Wiggins, NBLC and more here

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Steve Nash has made news for something unusual, the SWNT may be on the move this summer to Edmonton, one team moves, and two appear on the NBLC scene, Andrew Wiggins still unsure on his school,...

Nash, Stauskas, Rana, Haywood, Notice and more

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Steve Nash carries on (kinda), Nik Stauskas shooting in the rain and is challenged, Roy Rana, Edmonton may not be home to National Program, Joey Haywood, Lisa Thomaidis, Duane Notice, Max Allin,...

Nash, Wiggins, Ennis, NBLC awards and more here

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Steve Nash on his last legs, Andrew Wiggins cancelling his home visits stirs news, Tyler Ennis, the NBL Canada hands out it's year end awards, Lisa Thomaidis and more in this edition of Canadian...

Nash, Wiggins, Olynyk and more in Canadian Content

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Steve Nash in the NBA Play Offs after all, Kelly Olynyk declared for the NBA Draft (as we would have guessed), Andrew Wiggins shows out at the Nike Hoops Summit, some high schoolers commit and more...

Wiggins, Nash, Commitments, NBLC and CIS here

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Steve Nash having tough time getting back on the floor, Andrew Wiggins is wowing people in Portland, a whole lot of committing is going on in the high school world, the Storm may be moving out of...

Nash, Wiggins, Kabongo, Alexander, Thompson here

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Looks like Steve Nash is still injured, Andrew Wiggins is getting plenty of looks from all over, Myck Kabongo has an agent now, Kayla Alexander, Kevin Pangos has ESPN high on him for next season,...

Wiggins, Ennis, Kabongo, K Joseph and more here

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Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis and Jamal Murray show out at the Jordan Brand Classic, Kris Joseph signed for rest of year, Myck Kabongo entering Draft, London Lightning make it two chips, Hawaii loses...

Nash, K-Jo, Wiggins, Olynyk, Kabongo all here

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Steve Nash cites Portland as where injuries started, Kris Joseph gets Boston love for being in Brooklyn, Amar'e to coach Canadian Maccabi team, Andrew Wiggins at Jordan Brand Classic, Kelly Olynyk,...

Nash on Lakers, Tristan a leader all right here

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With the seasons winding down we have Steve Nash saying Lakers are a coaching nightmare, Tristan Thompson becoming more a leader on the Cavs, NBL Canada play offs and more in this skinny mid week...

Nik Stauskas, Justin Jackson and more right here

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Nik Stauskas is the last Canadian standing in the NCAA Tournament, Justin Jackson is Up Next, Nick Wiggins has some insight on brother Andrew's situation, the London Lightning are up 2-0 in NBLC...

Wiggins, Achonwa, Wiggins, NBL Canada here

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Andrew Wiggins went to the McDonald's All American Game and showed some stuff, Natalie Achonwa in Sports Illustrated, the NBL Canada play offs start tomorrow plus the Ottawa team has a new,...

Wiggins, K Joseph, Olynyk, Notice, Stauskas here

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Andrew Wiggins headlining the McDonald's All American Game, Kris Joseph called up by Nets, Kelly Olynyk is an AP All American, ladies get honorable mention AP merits, Duane Notice to South...

Wiggins, Stuaskas, Achonwa, Bennett right here

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Andrew Wiggins is gonna be the star of the McDonald's All American Game, Nik Stauskas was lighting up the weekend, Natalie Achonwa, another Bennett leaving for the NBA story, Kris Joseph possibly a...

Olynyk, Wiggins, Edwards transferring and more

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We have Kelly Olynyk earning All American honors, Andrew Wiggins is the Gatorade High School Player of the Year (of course), Justin Edwards transferring from Maine, Simon Fraser's Nayo...

Wiggins to Hoop Summit, Olynyk, Stauskas and more

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Andrew Wiggins, Trey Lyles and Roy Rana selected to the Nike Hoops Summit, Kelly Olynyk is prompting questions, Nik Stauskas is Luke Skywalker?, Nick Wiggins and Chadrak Lufile in the Sweet 16,...

Bennett leaving, Bhullar, Ejim and more here

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Anthony Bennett is (likely) leaving UNLV, new coaches for the JWNT and CWNT teams, NBL Canada play offs, Sim Bhullar, Laurent Rivard, Melvin Ejim's monster slush, Kayla Alexander and a lot more in...

Olynyk, Bhullar, Stauskas, Wiggins and Sacre here

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Canada Basketball names a new SWNT coach, stories on Kelly Olynyk, Sim Bhullar, Nik Stauskas and Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins is West Virginia Player of the Year (duh), Robert Sacre in a tattoo...

Nash, Olynyk, Bennett, March Madness and more here

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Steve Nash makes a Mitzah appearance, Canadians in the NCAA Tournament abound and both Kelly Olynyk and Anthony Bennett seem to be the headliners, Simon Fraser's women head to Sweet Sixteen, a wrap...

Olynyk, Johnson, Burnatowski, Lancers and more

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We have some looks on Kelly Olynyk, a couple of Up Next videos of Bryson Johnson and Murphy Burnatowski, the Windsor Lancers women win their third straight CIS chip, the Simon Fraser women looking...

Thompson, Hanlan, Bennett, Bhullar and more here

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Tristan Thompson making case for Most Improved Player, Anthony Bennett gets a spot on USBWA All Freshman Team, Olivier Hanlan sets a freshman scoring record in BC's win, Sim Bhullar, Adut Bulgak is...

Nash, Thompson and lots of NCAA Cdn awards here

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Steve Nash has another role on the Lakers, Tristan Thompson and Toronto, NBL Canada talking about making it a summer thing, a whole lot of NCAA awards handed out to Canadian players, Carleton tops...

Wiggins, Olynyk, Achonwa, Bennett all here

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Andrew Wiggins on the cover so SLAM Magazine, a lot of Canadian kids earning some pretty impressive hardware including Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Pangos and Michelle Plouffe and Taryn Wicijowski, Natalie...

Nash, Wiggins, Olynyk, Konchalski and more here

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So Steve Nash reinventing himself, Kelly Olynyk is a finalist for another post season award, Andrew Wiggins still silent after Kentucky trip, teammate Xavier Rathan-Mayes goes off in game, a great...

Nash, Olykynk and Pangos, Simon Fraser and more

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We have Steve Nash, Canada's got their grouping for FIBA Americas, Ottawa's NBLC team changing name, a great video of Justin Edwards, Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Pangos leading the Zags, CIS post season...

Wiggins, Kris Joseph, Thompson, Olynyk all here

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So ... Andrew Wiggins was named the best high school player in the US, a nice timeline on the rise of Tristan Thompson, Kris Joseph is D-League player of the week, Kelly Olynyk is a finalist for...

Nash, Wiggins flushes, Kris Joseph and more here

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Steve Nash is looking at some back issues again but he's paving the way for Canadian basketball, Andrew Wiggins is On Point plus a filthy flush clip, Kris Joseph is tearing up the D-League, Dyshawn...

Nash over Magic, Wiggins, Thompson and more here

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Steve Nash passes Magic for 4th all time in NBA dimes, Tristan Thompson, more Andrew Wiggins, Olivier Hanlan, Xavier Rathan-Mayes showing his own dime dropping skills, Tyler Ennis is a state champ...

Wiggins, Olu, XRM, Ennis and more all here

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The Andrew Wiggins parade continues with video, Olu Ashaolu is the Spanish league Player of the Week, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Tyler Ennis get some shine, Duane Notice trims list of schools, a lot...

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