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
An Elam Ending, A New Beginning
Feb 19, 2020
Feb 19, 2020
An Elam Ending, A New Beginning

JD and guest co-host Vivek Jacob discus the reformatted “Elam Ending” to the NBA All-Star Game. Did it breathe new life into the contest? And what else did they like (or not) about the weekend?

They also forecast the second half of the Raptors' season — reminding everyone that the schedule is anything but easy.

This episode is produced and mixed by Amil Delic, edited by Michael Mayers, and hosted by JD Bunkis and Vivek Jacob.

Free Association is also on YouTube. Watch the episode here. Our video producer is Will Farquharson.

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.

Feb 12, 2020
It All Traces Back To Lowry

JD and Donnovan kick things off discussing the Raptors' organizational makeup and culture, the long road going from a have-not to a have and how Kyle Lowry has been the team’s “perfect leader.”

Then they get granular, talking about the win streak, how Terence Davis impacted the trade deadline, the buyout market and more.

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

Free Association is also on YouTube. Check it out here. This episode our video producer is Anthony “T-BAD” Caminiti.

Audio Credits: Sportsnet, Toronto Raptors

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. 

Feb 5, 2020
“Losing Masai would be losing a piece of yourself”

JD and Donnovan discuss the news out of New York and the Knicks’ apparent pursuit of Masai Ujiri, why the current iteration of the team is the best it can be and what to expect ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. That and much more.

(This episode was recorded Tuesday, prior to the release of the New York Times’ “On Basketball” newsletter by Marc Stein addressing the Knicks’ pursuit of Ujiri.)

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

Audio Credits: Uninterrupted, CBC

Free Association is also on YouTube. Watch it here. This episode our video producer is Anthony Caminiti.

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.

Jan 28, 2020
“Kobe Bryant Made People Feel Things”

A day after the basketball world was shaken to its core, JD and Donnovan discuss what Kobe meant to them, the chapters of his career, the generation he inspired, his impact off the court and more.

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

Audio Credits: ABC, ESPN, KCAL 9, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, NIKE, PRISM, Spectrum, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and Turner Sports.

Free Association is also on YouTube. Check it out here. This episode, our video producer is Tom Stewart.

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.

Jan 22, 2020
Is Norm Powell The NBA’s Sixth Man Of The Year?

Is this the norm for Norm? Donnovan and JD dial down on the new level Powell has reached and highlight other top Raptors storylines from the first half of the season. They also run down their All-Star picks and discuss the importance of finishing No. 2 in the East.

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

Audio Credits: NBA TV, Sportsnet 590 The FAN and YES Network.

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.