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Behind The Scenes – Covering The Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors superfan Vernon Chang, also known as MoVernie, is providing live on-line video podcasts for Toronto’s biggest underground shopping experience, TorontoPath, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chang reached out to Pro Bball Report’s Stephen Brotherston to be his initial guest on the live video podcast’s inaugural show to talk Raptors basketball.

Chang has interviewed many Raptors players at charity events over the years, but what fascinates this superfan the most is what happens behind the scenes and in the locker rooms before and after the games.  Brotherston talked about game day, the locker room, favorite players to interview and what former Raptors players are like on their return to Toronto.

A lot of time was devoted to the Sacramento Kings players who came to Toronto via the Rudy Gay trade.  Why the trade worked for the Raptors and how it elevated the game of Terrence Ross.  Chang was particularly interested in what Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri has been like.

The Raptors have been letting the players decide their own fates this year.  Brotherston talked about why the Gay experiment didn’t work out and what to expect now that Lowry has become such an important player to Toronto.

The session wrapped up discussing booing players, booing not getting free pizza at the end of games and the likelihood of Toronto making the postseason.

Chang has covered Toronto sports, charity, entertainment, fashion, auto shows and red carpet events over the past few years and The Path has provided Chang with a studio to promote their newest on-line venture, “MoVernie on the Move”.

Be sure to check out the next “MoVernie on the Move” video with Canadian band Neverest and his videos from earlier this year with Elisha Cuthert, Dion Phaneuf and Brett Lawrie.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.