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
I’m Going To Disney World! (Maybe.)
May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020
I’m Going To Disney World! (Maybe.)

JD and Donnovan kick things off discussing options on the table around the NBA’s return as reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania. They play armchair commissioner, addressing how a single-site — say, Orlando/Disney World — would eliminate home-court advantage and offer some rather creative solutions.

They close things out debating whether there will be an asterisk next to whichever team is crowned the 2020 NBA champion.

This episode is recorded and sound designed 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.

May 19, 2020
Michael Jordan’s Long Shadow

The last episode of “The Last Dance” is out and Donnovan and JD are all over it. Where do Reggie Miller and Karl Malone stand in the pantheon of NBA greats? Could the Bulls could have won a seventh title in nine years had the roster been kept together? JD’s got a take on Dennis Rodman's surprise WCW appearance the day after Chicago’s Game 3 blowout of Utah in the 1998 Finals and Donnovan drops the term "edutainmentary” on us. All of that plus much more.

Audio Credits: ESPN, The Last Dance.

This episode is recorded and sound designed 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.

May 12, 2020
A Silver Lining: The NBA's Return

JD and Donnovan kick things off discussing what they learned from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s weekend conference call and place a bet on the league’s return date as (some) teams slowly ease back into holding practices.

Then they dive into Episodes 7 and 8 of The Last Dance, including Gary Payton guarding Michael Jordan, MJ's sojourn into professional baseball and more.

Audio Credits: ESPN, The Last Dance.

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.

May 4, 2020
Brotherhood: MJ and Kobe

JD and Donnovan unravel Episodes 5 and 6 of "The Last Dance," dissecting the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, media coverage of Jordan’s gambling, his stance on social justice, his Nike deal and more.

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

Audio Credits: NBA, 1987 Draft; NBA, 1989 Playoffs; and ESPN, The Last Dance trailer.

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.

Apr 27, 2020
Beef Now vs. Beef Then

JD and Donnovan deconstruct Episodes 3 and 4 of The Last Dance, breaking down the narrative focussing on Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson. JD also rattles off some rapid-fire questions and takeaways, spurring a spirited discussion comparing player animosity today to that of the '90s. Plus, how the doc is inspiring current players to get back on the court sooner than later.

Then Donnovan speaks with the documentary’s director, Jason Hehir, about the process of working with Michael Jordan, scenes he wishes could have left in and much more.

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

Audio Credits: NBA, 1987 Draft. ESPN, The Last Dance trailer.

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.