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

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

    “Kobe Bryant Made People Feel Things”

    “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.

    • 44 min
    Is Norm Powell The NBA’s Sixth Man Of The Year?

    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.

    • 56 min
    Will Fred VanVleet Re-sign With The Raps?

    Will Fred VanVleet Re-sign With The Raps?

    Vivek Jacob of Raptors Republic subs in for Donnovan this episode. He and JD discuss how Fred VanVleet should be used when he returns and whether he’ll be back in Toronto next season, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s rise to stardom and what it means for Canada this summer, and how Norm Powell has changed the conversation about his game.







    This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by JD Bunkis and Vivek Jacob. 







    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.

    • 50 min
    Happy New Year, Raptors. Now, Here’s What You Should Do.

    Happy New Year, Raptors. Now, Here’s What You Should Do.

    Donnovan and JD discuss what the absence of Pascal Siakam means most to the Raptors, the off-season market at the centre position and why Toronto should re-sign Serge Ibaka.







    Plus, some 2020 Raptors resolutions (JD is looking at you, Nick Nurse) and how they’ll remember former NBA Commissioner David Stern.  







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







    You can also watch Free Association on YouTube. Check it out here. This episode, 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.

    • 59 min
    Dec. 24: Hoops For The Holidays

    Dec. 24: Hoops For The Holidays

    Donnovan and JD are joined by Raptors 2019 second-rounder Dewan Hernandez to talk about his relationship with Kyle Lowry, patterning his game after Pascal Siakam, adjusting to winter weather and picking up Canadian slang.







    Donnovan then chats with the host and senior producer of 30 for 30 Podcasts, Jody Avirgan. They discuss the latest season, the surprising story of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi’s pro ball experience in Russia, getting access to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James for their “Hoodies Up” piece and how off-court drama can drive institutional change.







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

    • 46 min
    Dec. 18: Who Makes Your Raptors All-Decade Team?

    Dec. 18: Who Makes Your Raptors All-Decade Team?

    Donnovan and JD share their most memorable moment from the past 10 years in basketball, debate their Raptors all-decade team and discuss what is most important in maintaining a positive perception when a superstar leaves your franchise after winning a title.







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







    Audio Credits: Breakfast Television and NBC Sports California.







    Free Association is also on YouTube. Anthony Caminiti produced this episode here. Check it out here.







    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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