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
Who Should The Raptors Fear Most In The East?
Aug 11, 2020
Aug 11, 2020
Who Should The Raptors Fear Most In The East?

With meaningful seeding games in the Raptors’ rear-view mirror, JD and Donnovan grade Toronto's performance in the bubble to date and discuss how turnover woes contrast with stalwart defensive chemistry. Then it’s question time: Which team in the East poses the biggest threat to the Raps? Not surprisingly, the guys disagree.

Then — breaking news! The NBA will hand out awards for the seeding portion of the Orlando restart. Some strong takes ensue.

This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis.

Audio credits: YouTube.com/NBA

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.

Aug 3, 2020
Two Games In. What Do We Know?

JD and Donnovan break down the Raptors’ stellar performance against the Lakers and grind-it-out win versus Heat, with praise for Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet. Then they discuss the team’s progressiveness, the professionalism of Chris Paul and why contending teams may end up wishing they had made the move to acquire Paul’s services.

Lastly, JD gushes about winning the bet with Donnovan on the NBA's return date.

This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis.

Audio credits: Sportsnet

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.

Jul 28, 2020
Does The No. 2 Seed In The East Really Matter?

JD and Donnovan kick things off discussing the look, feel and sounds of NBA scrimmage broadcasts and how the Raptors have looked in their first two exhibition games, including fitness levels and some praise for the marked improvements made by X-factor OG Anunoby. Then they revisit the importance of the No. 2 seed in the East.

The show ends with hot takes on chicken wings, including bringing Producer Michael in to help end the debate between drummies and flats.

This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis.

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.

Jul 21, 2020
Welcome To Raptorsville

JD and Donnovan begin talking about candles. (Yes, you read that correctly.) thanks the gifts Drake left for the Raptors in the NBA bubble, and — to the surprise of no one — Donnovan reveals he has a candle guy.

The boys then fan a different flame featuring some fun Raptors talk around a Nick Nurse box-and-one shirt and Norman Powell's fishy fishing photo. After that, they get serious discussing why Toronto’s organizational culture is second to none and their opinions about the 2020 NBA Awards being based on the portion of the season before the hiatus.

This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis.

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.

Jul 14, 2020
The Biggest Questions Facing The Raptors

JD and Donnovan open the pod asking: Would the 2019 Duke Blue Devils beat the bubble iteration of the Brooklyn Nets? Then they discuss early complaints from players in Orlando before detailing reports of players not taking the bubble seriously enough and why in Florida — the current hottest of hot spots in the U.S. — that rigor is paramount if the NBA is going to be able to crown a 2020 champion.

Then, it’s Raptors time. Does Marc Gasol determine the team’s ceiling, and how does his weight loss play into the equation? Who are Toronto’s closers? What is the outlook for Terence Davis? How do you weigh momentum versus chemistry? And why the answer favours the Raptors.

This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis.

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.