100 episodes

Hosted by Donnovan Bennett & JD Bunkis, Free Association is the home of Toronto Raptors news, analysis and opinion you won't find anywhere else.

Free Association Sportsnet

    • Basketball
    • 4.7 • 430 Ratings

Hosted by Donnovan Bennett & JD Bunkis, Free Association is the home of Toronto Raptors news, analysis and opinion you won't find anywhere else.

    The King Reclaims His Throne

    The King Reclaims His Throne

    The L.A. Lakers are NBA champions. JD and Donnovan kick things off discussing whether a fourth title for LeBron James impacts the G.O.A.T. debate and his podium comments, offering their insights on some of his choice words he had.







    The they then look toward next season. Which teams project to challenge for the Larry OB? Where do the Raptors fit into that conversation? And did we just see our last NBA game without fans in attendance?







    This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.







    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.

    • 52 min
    Can The Heat Compete?

    Can The Heat Compete?

    JD and Donnovan preview the NBA Finals, LeBron’s 10th appearance. They kick things off contextualizing LeBron’s legacy and why we may be taking King James for granted before discussing reasons to be impressed by the Miami Heat and how much this team mirrors the 2019 Raptors championship team.







    The boys finish things off with their Finals predictions — you’re definitely going to want to hear how the debate plays out.







    This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.







    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.

    • 50 min
    Masai Ujiri’s Future

    Masai Ujiri’s Future

    JD and Donnovan start things off discussing why the conference finals have become harder to watch as a Raptors fan and what could have been had Kawhi stayed in Toronto.







    Then they break down what the future may hold for Masai Ujiri, including why it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he moves on from the Raptors organization or even basketball entirely.







    This episode is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.







    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.

    • 43 min
    Wrapping The Raptors’ Season

    Wrapping The Raptors’ Season

    With the Raptors’ season over, JD and Donnovan wrap the campaign and answer some burning questions. First, the elephant in the room: Pascal Siakam’s sub-par playoff run. Will he ever be a No. 1 option on a championship team, and will his struggles actually help him develop into a better player?







    Then they discuss the salary cap and how Toronto can use its money wisely to retain Fred VanVleet in what should be an interesting free-agency period.







    This podcast is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett. Free Association is also on YouTube. Watch it here. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.







    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.

    • 49 min
    Raptors-Celtics Game 7 Preview

    Raptors-Celtics Game 7 Preview

    Donnovan and JD react to the Raptors’ double-overtime, Game 6 victory over the Celtics. They discuss Kyle Lowry’s heroism, “Playoff Powell” showing up, the two-way play of OG Anunoby and Nick Nurse going small. Then they look ahead to Game 7 and have a fun debate over what Lowry’s Scotiabank Arena statue will look like.







    This podcast is produced and edited by Michael Mayers and hosted by JD Bunkis and Donnovan Bennett. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone.







    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.

    • 39 min
    Down 2-0, Where Do The Raptors Go From Here?

    Down 2-0, Where Do The Raptors Go From Here?

    Donnovan and JD react to the Raptors’ Game 2 loss to the Celtics, discussing their emotions on the heels of a blistering fourth quarter from Marcus Smart, whose five consecutive three-pointers were reminiscent of Stephen Curry. They then talk about Pascal Siakam’s miscast role in crunch-time, disappearing acts by Norman Powell and Marc Gasol, and how much of a factor Kyle Lowry’s bad ankle truly is.







    Finally… some positives, namely OG Anunoby’s stellar play and some much-deserved love for Kitchener, Ontario’s finest: Jamal Murray.







    Free Association is produced and sound designed by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Donnovan Bennet and JD Bunkis. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone. You can also watch the episode here.







    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.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
430 Ratings

430 Ratings

Goliath65 ,

Great Raptors podcast

Thanks for a great season JD and Donovan. Love listening to your thoughts on the Raps and the league.

Onelyfe57 ,

Love it

I love you guys talking hoops. Highly entertaining and insightful. I only wish you did this more often. Much respect from Calgary!

Alisha. A ,

Interesting, funny and always on point

Would love to get a mailbag going for future episodes! Awesome preview for raptors/ celtics

Top Podcasts In Basketball

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by Sportsnet