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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

Wiggins, Thompson, Raps and All Star 2016 here

Andrew Wiggins descended on Hamilton with Huntington Prep and the media took some time out (finally) to notice, Tristan Thompson on the Rising Stars Challenge, the Raptors are trying to get All Star 2016 and more in Canadian Content ...

Nash, Wiggins All American, Kelly & Kevin all here

Is Steve Nash still trying to fit in with the Lakers, Canada has only one reppin' in the McDonald's Game, Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Pangos in ESPN, Canada's U16s know their poll for the summer, Owen Klassen is still playing despite charges and more here

Nash on Howard, Kabongo's back, Wiggins and more

Steve Nash is quite annoyed at Dwight Howard (surprise, surprise), Myck Kabongo is back in action tonight, Andrew Wiggins made the Jordan Brand Classic of course, Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk and a lot more in this edition of Canadian Content ...

Nash, Nicholson, Lyles, Kabongo and more here now

Steve Nash shows off some great footwork, Andrew Nicholson is of to Houston, Myck Kabongo is back this week, Trey Lyles is down to six schools, SFU Clan women are still rolling, Brandon Bos is on the radio, lots of CIS action in Canadian Content ...

SI on Wiggins, he responds on a team and more here

Sports Illustrated takes a shot at Andrew Wiggins in a story and he goes for 57 points, Rowan Barrett receives Marley honors, CIS and CCAA play off action around the corner, Tyrone Watson is now charged and more in Canadian Content ...

Nash, Lyles, Cory Joseph and more all right here

Steve Nash (momentarily) losses his lead for all time FT%, Cory Joseph is heading to the D-League All Star Game, Adam Folker gets a profile, Trey Lyles will be a-visiting, Kevin Zabo makes an impression, some CIS stuff and more in Canadian Content...

Nash, Wiggins, Sacre, Achonwa and more

Is Steve Nash being used incorrectly by the Lakers?, a great story on Notre Dame's Natalie Achonwa, Robert Sacre talks cheering, Andrew Wiggins turns it out, Duane Notice, Marial Shayok and Matthew Atewe make the rounds, lots of CIS action all here

Olynyk, Bennett, Stauskas, Watson and more here

Kelly Olynyk and Anthony Bennett on the Oscar Robertson Award short list, Nik Stauskas was put on the Wayman Tisdale Award short list, Tyrone Watson suspended indefinitely, Kayla Alexander breaks record, a new CIS boss and more in Canadian Content...

Nash, Wiggins, Thompson and more all right here

We have Steve Nash calling "unselfish Kobe" Magic-like, Tristan Thompson making strides from last season, Andrew Wiggins and the idea of the Raps tanking for him, NMSU's Tyrone Watson is in some hot water, lots of CIS new and more in Canadian Content

Thompson, Bennett, Olynyk, Kris Joseph and more

A bobblehead gives Tristan Thompson some mojo, Anthony Bennett and Kelly Olynyk make a Hollinger list, Kris Joseph finds a home overseas, Nik Stauskas, lots of CIS and NBL Canada news from the weekend and more all right here in Canadian Content ...

JYD, Carl English, Canada Basketball moving here

Edmonton is one step closer to getting the funding for Canada Basketball to relocate there, Carl English not willing to roll over for the young bucks on the SMNT, JYD is the latest guest for On Point, NBL Canada and CIS news in Canadian Content ...

Nash (again), Wiggins (again), Bennett and more

Steve Nash is bearing the torch for Canada Basketball's future according to Dime Magazine, Andrew Wiggins talks again, Olivier Hanlan and Wumi Agunbiade earn player of the week, Anthony Bennett still the top freshman says CBS Sports and more here...

Nash, Wiggins, Achonwa, Bennett and lots more here

Steve Nash comes back to Canada, Lakers lose, Natalie Achonwa is on the NCAA site, Anthony Bennett gets Canadian media attention, Andrew Wiggins on McDonald's ballot (of course), Nik Stauskas not worried about shooting slup and Simon Fraser here.

Wiggins is On Point, Olynyk, Bachynski and more

Our peoples Drew Ebanks and Jay Irving put out another great episode of On Point featuring Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep, Kelly Olynyk and Jordan Bachynski are playing big, lots of NBL Canada and CIS news plus more in Canadian Content ...

Nash, Olynyk, Wiggins, Hanlan and more here

Steve Nash is now venturing out into athlete care with Georges St-Pierre, the National Program has a place in Edmonton looking to be it's home, Olivier Hanlan named ACC Rookie of the Week, Andrew Wiggins heading to the (Hoop)hall and a lot more here

Sacre, Wiggins, Olynyk, Cory Joseph and more here

Robert Sacre is getting his due in LA now, Kelly Olynyk getting some high praise from Andy Katz at ESPN, Cory Joseph is making the most of this time in the D-League, Andrew Wiggins, Simon Fraser's Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe sets a new conference mark here

Nash, Thompson, Stauskas, Sacre and more here

Steve Nash talks frankly about the Lakers hopes, Robert Sacre is needed, Nik Stauskas is Up Next, Tristan Thompson is making his mark with the Cavs, Cory Joseph looking to improve leadership in D-League, Andrew Nicholson, Jordan Bachynski all here...

Nash, Olynyk, Bennett, Wiggins and more here

Steve Nash is the fifth to join the 10,000 assist club, Kelly Olynyk is all over the NCAA world after last week's performance, Anthony Bennett is still the best freshman playing, Michelle Plouffe and Taryn Wicijowski are 1,000 pointers and more here

Thompson, Bennett, K. Joseph waived & Olynyk here

Today we have Tristan Thompson making the most of his time, Celtics waive Kris Joseph, the NBLC's first triple OT game, Anthony Bennett, Kelly Olynyk is possibly the most improved player in the NCAA and more in our weekend edition of Canadian Content

Nash, Bennett, Pangos, Olynyk and more here

Steve Nash says Lakers are on a timer, Anthony Bennett is getting high on the Draft Express mock, On Point episode #5 on deck, Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk, the brothers Bachynski and more in this edition of Canadian Content ...

Nash, Stauskas, Edwards, Fields and more here

In a slower week, thanks to New Year's , there was still great stuff that included Steve Nash and the LA offense, Nik Stauskas, Nirra Fields, Justin Edwards and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe earning conference honors, an Andrew Wiggins mixtape all here ...

Olynyk, Hanlan, NBL Canada, CIS and more all here

Kelly Olynyk is finally filling out, Olivier Hanlan is still the talk of the Boston College backcourt, Simon Fraser's Raincock-Ekunwe sets a conference record and lots of NBL Canada and CIS new all here in Canadian Content ...

Nash, Stauskas, Olynyk, Majerus and more here

Steve Nash is back in effect in LA, Nik Stauskas's shooting video from Christmas Eve makes USA Today, Kelly Olynyk is making that leap for the Zags, what Rick Majerus means to Basketball Alberta and more in today's Canadian Content ...

Nash, Kabongo, Birch, Stauskas and more here

Steve Nash made his return this past weekend, so did Khem Birch so to speak, Myck Kabongo has been granted a return for this year, lots of looks on Canadian kids in the NC-Double-Eh, Northpole Hoops is having their Platform Boxing Day and more here..

Myck, Nash, Bennett and more in Canadian Content

In case you didn't now already (and you should) Myck Kabongo is out for the season, Steve Nash is eyeing his return in days, Anthony Bennett is still ballin' out and a lot more in this edition of Canadian Content ...

Nash, Birch, Ejim, McNeill and more here

Steve Nash is practicing now and could be back this weekend, Allison McNeill steps down as SWNT head honcho, Khem Birch is back, Melvin Ejim earns player of the week in the Big 12, my story on Jimmy Dorsey for SLAMonline and more in Canadian Content.

Nash, Olynyk, Wiggins and more here

Steve Nash is possibly ready for practice this week, a Canadian Paralympian is nominated for an award, Andrew Wiggins has another Andrew Wiggins game, Kelly Olynyk, NBL Canada news and more in Canadian Content ...

Wiggins, Nash, Anthony, Powell and more here

The LA Times pose a valid question about Steve Nash, a heaping amount of phenom Andrew Wiggins, Joel Anthony defending Miami, a great story on Stanford rallying around Dwight Powell, NBL Canada news and more in this edition of Canadian

Wiggins, Nash, Wiggins, Bennett and more Wiggins

Steve Nash is still "two weeks away" but he may have found the root of his injury, Anthony Bennett is really looking like the Freshman of the Year right now, a whole lot of Andrew Wiggins stuff and more in Canadian Content ...

Nash, Sacre, Wiggins, Cadougan and more here

Steve Nash could be back this week, Robert Sacre has family in Chris Duhon (literally), Canadian Jordan Bachynski has Arizona St's first triple-double, Andrew Wiggins and a lot more in this edition of Canadian Content ...

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