Free Association

If there is a podcasting odd couple, this might be it. Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis don’t agree on much, but you’ll agree this is the best Toronto Raptors podcast going.

Recent Episodes
Do We Need To Rethink The Way We Consume Sports?
Apr 3, 2020
Apr 3, 2020
Do We Need To Rethink The Way We Consume Sports?

Good news loyal Associates… after three weeks, JD and Donnovan are reunited. They explore how the traditional sports-entertainment landscape may experience a permanent shift, debate Donnovan’s Top-5 all-time NBA players and share their thoughts on re-watching the 2019 Raptors playoffs run.

They also catch up with speaker, author, illustrator and WNBA and Canada Basketball player Kayla Alexander. She discusses her experience as an Olympian without a Games to attend and staying motivated during a time filled with so much uncertainty.

This episode is recorded and sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Mar 27, 2020
The Hoops Movies You Should Watch

Donnovan is joined by Faizal Khamisa and Danielle Michaud. They discuss the world’s current reality, what they’ve been doing while physically distancing and their favourite basketball movies.

This episode was recorded by Amil Delic, sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted and produced by Donnovan Bennett.

Audio Credits: MTV Films, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers.

Looking for some great sports documentaries you can stream? Check out this piece by Sportsnet.ca Senior Editor Craig Battle.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Mar 21, 2020
We’re Living Through A History Lesson

Michael Grange joins Donnovan Bennett to discuss possibilities for the NBA’s return, what a world without sports means for society and what this pause means for the Raptors. 

Plus, Ryan Ruocco of the YES Network, ESPN, DAZN and the R2C2 podcast chats with Donnovan about calling the last NBA game before the NBA shut down, shifting from play-by-play to reporting news during the broadcast, how the NBA led the charge in cancelling major events in North America and the intersection of sports and politics right now. 

This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Donnovan Bennett.

Audio Credits: ABC, CNN and ESPN.   

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Mar 11, 2020
Man Down: Norman Powell Injured... Again

JD and Donnovan assess the impact of losing Norman Powell to injury for the third time this season. The boys then discuss Nick Nurse's affection for Patrick McCaw, wondering if he is the right guy to have soaked up Powell’s minutes. Finally, they analyze the pros and cons of Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin's idea to push the NBA season back two months to avoid competing with the NFL for viewership. 

We outro the podcast with a portion of Donnovan’s interviews with Toronto Raptors assistant coach Brittni Donaldson and her journey to the NBA.

This episode is recorded and sound designed by Michael Mayers and Amil Delic, and hosted JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett. Archival support was provided by Adrian Cheddie and Braden Connolly.

Audio Credits: AT&T SportsNet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Mar 4, 2020
Who Has The Higher Ceiling: Siakam Or Anunoby?

JD and Donnovan discuss the Raptors' fortunes since the All-Star break, breaking down Pascal Siakam's recent struggles and OG Anunoby regaining his early season form as the team’s X-Factor.

They then debate whether Toronto should look to the buyout market for more three-point shooting ahead of a hoped-for playoffs showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks. All of that plus more.

This episode is recorded and sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis.

Free Association is also on YouTube. Check it out here. This episode our video producer is Mike Torchia.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.