Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.89

Raptors are coming off a tough loss to the Bucks with Lowry finishing with zero points, but still maintain a strong 21-7 overall record. Are the Bucks better than the Raps? Kyle’s recent shooting slump: What do they do to fix it? Is JV the slowest player in the NBA?? Did former Raptor Tim Kempton once stuff an entire Whopper in his mouth? (Click to find out)

NBA TALK: Rookie of the year gets the most talk in this category, but what about sophomore of the year? Dirtiest Players in the NBA, Quickish Questions, and more!

With special guests: Ian Gordon  and Jess Nicolette!

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Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.88

Raptors are facing Philly with a 20-5 record. It’s RAPTORS ESPN DAY. Is it all you ever wanted? Is Kyle being Kyle or more? Kawhi has a New Balance on life!

NBA: If the playoffs started today, what 8 NBA teams would make the playoffs? We do top-end ranking and pour one out for Carmelo Anthony! Quickish Questions, Tell me Something Segments…

With special guests Alex Wood and Bobby Brown!

Freddie Returns to NBA-XL

Have the Celtic’s luck run out? The real question is “How happy is Freddie that Brad Stevens is failing?” Check out Fred’s return to NBA XL!

The Line Up crew weigh whether the Celtics or Warriors have more to be worried about and if the 76ers are a legit threat in the Eastern Conference.

Five Freddie Feels

RAPTORS VS GRIZZLIES

By Freddie Rivas

🏀Nifty Nick: Welcome to the Nurse clinic! Game of the year from the coach. Played the starters heavy minutes because he needed too, prepped Kawhi for double teams, showed flashes of zone to slow up the Grizz in the 3rd and for the most part, made the right subs at the right time. Yes, Nurse has a stacked roster, but he’s done a fantastic job so far and games like this should have people talking about him as a COY candidate.

🏀What a second half and what a win! The raps dropped 34 in the 3rd and 29 in the 4th on the road, against the best defensive team in the NBA😲 

🏀FVV making that system work! FVV has been a career 3 point shooter and it was only a matter of time until the treys started dropping. Nurse’s system needs the ancillary guys to take and make 3’s at a high volume, and it’s starting to happen; which should terrify the rest of the league. So far this season; Danny is on fire, Delon/Norm have shot very well on a small sample size, Kyle/Fred are just above league average and Kawhi/JV/🌶️/OG are all shooting at a respectable level. That’s 🔥power!

🏀The raps biggest weaknesses may be superstar bigs + guards that can drop floaters. AD & Jrue put this team through the ringer. It was looking like forgotten stars Mark and Mike might do the same, but Ibaka hit some key jumpers while JV was on the floor for the takeover. Memphis gritty < Toronto committee

🏀This team is really gelling. Kyle went down hard near half court in the second quarter; and was Kyle angry about it, but then Kawhi hard fouled on the next play and I don’t think it was a coincidence. Kawhi was also pissed off, and Nurse seeing this, sprung into action and got a tech. This might all be meaningless, but I don’t think it is. Kyle/Kawhi/Nurse are all a bit angry and it’s kind of great when they channel it. In Kyle’s post game, he laughed about Nurse and him agreeing not to swear at the refs anymore in the second half, and also had the classic Kyle analysis when he’s in a great mood post game- “We were just out there playing basketball”. Yes they were, and yes we are.

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.87

We’re at the quarter-mark of the season already and the Raptors are first place overall with a 17-4 record! How did Vince Carter scoring 25,000 against the raps make us feel? Kawhi VS Pop. What do you think of Kawhi’s leadership or lack there of? Siakam has been an absolute lock for the raps this year, every night.  Which player is a lock between OG/Fred/Delon?

NBA: Who is surprising you more, the Grizz, the Clips or the Kings? NBA has the highest pace and highest scoring since the 80’s. A 10-point lead is no longer a 10-point lead. What’s the new 10-point lead? Who is going to make the all-star game for the first time? Quick-ish questions and we tell you something you don’t know about Nico de Colo, Omar Cook and Greg Monroe!

With special guests Jason DeRosse and Matt Henry!


Chemistry

By Kevin Dowse

It’s hard to quantify. It’s even harder to manufacture. It’s more valuable than talent. It’s the worst song ever released by Arcade Fire.

Chemistry: it’s a difference-maker on and off the court, and can salvage a season even when the wins aren’t coming in. It’s fun to watch and can swing a team over the hump of a talented playoff squad into a true contender.

It’s been a major theme this season, and it keeps popping up in the media feed. From the Jimmy Butler Effect, to Golden State, to our own Raptors and even the resurgent Memphis Grizzlies (!!) chemistry has driven some of the most fun storylines in the league this year.

The Butler Did It (Affected Chemistry, Jimmy “The” Butler Did That, haha, He Affect—guys, don’t leave)

Since Butler’s exit from Minnesota, the Wolves seem to be having actual fun playing basketball. Karl-Anthony Towns smiled for the first time in over a season, KG was in the stands wearing a “99” Prince jersey, and they even rattled off a couple of wins! Tom Thibodeau lost one of his all-time Thibs Types™, but maybe this will allow his grinch heart to grow a couple of sizes, and start embracing the team he has rather than trying to turn them into the 2012 Bulls. Since the trade, Dario Saric has been stealing minutes from Taj Gibson, which might just be a sign that Thibodeau finally realized that players’ ages are not some sort of real-life 2K rating. Plus we got to see Towns dunk so hard on Paul Millsap that all of Millsap’s fantasy stats for the night were disqualified.

The big question with Butler’s arrival in Philly was, of course, “how long until Butler calls a press conference to outline his specific hatred of each individual teammate?” Between Fultz’ and Simmons’ fear of shooting, and Embiid’s enjoyment of…enjoyment, it seemed like Jimmy would have immediate issues. Butler’s said and done all the right things so far though, between supporting Fultz, and draining a game winner against Charlotte. There may yet be growing pains, either through personality (how big a deal with this Fultz thing be?) or on-court product (it’s still hard to envision any game plan which takes the ball out of Simmons’ hands), but it’s looking all right so far.

“Steve Kerr says this has been his toughest stretch as Warriors coach”

First of all, that’s a real headline. Second of all, fuuuuuuuuuuuuck you if this is your toughest stretch as a coach. But third of all – GUYS Golden State is finally in-fighting and losing games! This will all blow over and they’ll for sure win another championship, but for right now it’s fun to watch and to speculate. On top of the inter-personal issues (read: two of their key players are weens), it’s really becoming apparent how much this is Steph Curry’s team and how essential he is to their system. The ball movement, the floor spacing, the calm demeanour comes from Steph. Klay and KD taking turns hoisting shots makes Golden State a far more human team. Steph’s constant motion, his ability to hoist 3s from the parking lot, and his promotion of ball movement, is what gives G-State their special something. KD is likely a better player pound-for-pound than Steph (though it might just be a difference of #2 to #5). And on a different team, maybe KD is the missing thing that puts them over the top. But for these Warriors, it goes how Steph goes.

Friendship Isn’t Everything

Yes it is. Don’t listen to me. Nothing is or could ever be as beautiful as the friendship between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. This shirt comes close, but not really. But as we’ve seen from the Raps this season so far, sometimes you don’t need best-friendship to unlock chemistry. The additions of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green have awakened something with this Raptors team. We’ve seen Lowry playing, maybe, the best ball of his career. Serge is a new person playing at the 5. Pascal’s taken another step. We’ve even absorbed a slow start from Fred and Delon, and the GoDaddy-Cursed CJ, without much difficulty. And it’s clear we’re not even playing at our best yet. But there’s just…something, when you look at this Raps team defend, run the break, move the ball. The pieces are more complementary than they’ve ever been, and we have a bunch of different guys who mesh well together in different ways depending on what look we need. There have been troubling moments – some wildly unimaginative offensive sets from supposed offensive wiz Nick Nurse, and some difficulty executing across an entire game. But you get the impression that there’s another gear set to kick in at some point this season. With luck, the offense will become more consistently fluid (the open 3s starting to fall should help that considerably), and the Raps will get back to full health. When that next gear kicks in, the Raps will look (even more) like a serious contender.

Sure, They Can’t Score

But no one can score on them, either. Just a quick shout out to the old, forgotten, given-up-on Memphis Grizzlies. Their main lineup has only scored around 92 per 100 possessions, which is approximately what my team scored that winter I played pickup in a church basement. But that lineup also has a positive net rating, because they’re only allowing about 89 points per 100. The Grizz are somehow winning with a bottom 10 offense, and currently sit at FIRST in the Western Conference (as of this writing). Something’s working for Memphis, and it starts with the health of their veteran stars in Conley and Gasol. Both are having bounce-back seasons after dealing with injuries and general malaise. They look happy and healthy and are spreading that vibe across the team. People are settling into specialized roles: Shelvin Mack is giving them hot 3-point shooting, and a second steady ball handler with a comfy assist-to-turnover ratio. Add in Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple and JJJ causing nightmares to their opponents on D, and Memphis is meshing in just the right way. They’re getting just enough done to come out ahead night after night. It may not last all season, and I think it probably won’t, but I would love to be proven wrong.

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.86

Rough week! The 13-4 Raps never lost three in a row last year, but have already this year. Why did we lose three games in a row? According to the scheduling gods, the Raptors have had the easiest schedule in the NBA so far. What do you expect to see when things get a bit harder? NBA: The Warriors are not coming out to play. How does this all shake out? Is Durant leaving? What is the best story of the first month of basketball? Quick-ish questions, and we’ll (maybe) tell you something you don’t know about Pascal Siakam, Charlie Villaneuva, and Sebastian Tellfair!

With special guests: Patrick Ronan Stewart and Thomas Rivas .

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.85

Raptors are 12-3 and on a two-game losing streak with Boston next on Friday. RAPTORS: Casey’s revenge game. What stood out? A couple bad losses or an omen? Siakam is amazing & Monroe had a good debut. Is the depth on this team overstated? NBA: Butler in Philly. Who won the trade, did both teams win/lose? Is there trouble in G-State? What should be done with Carmelo Anthony? Quickish Questions, Tell Me Something.., and more!

With special guests Will Weldon and Dylan Gott!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.84

Raptors are coming in hot with a 7-1 start! Things are good! How good though? We talk out our early impressions. Nurse is de-emphasizing the bench, who is our 6th now? Do we actually miss Poetl?

NBA: We talk Struggling teams with talent (Houston, Washington, OKC). How good are the Bucks, Klay’s 14 3’s and the Cavs firing Ty Lue. Quick-ish questions and we’ll take some deep cuts on former Raptors Reggie Slater, Anthony Carter, and Shawn Respert.

Special return guests: Nigel Downer and Miguel Rivas!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.83

The Raptors are off to a hot 4-0 start, so we got lots of Raptor talk to get to. The Kawhi effect: He’s clearly making the whole team better, but whose game is benefiting the most? Nurse is looking great, we give our early takes and finish off Raps talk with an early season Raptors quiz. NBA: We do win-total predictions for all 5 currently undefeated teams: (Toronto, Milwaukee, Denver, Detroit, New Orleans) Pick a mirage team (a team that is out-performing or under performing their potential) and an extensive Quick-ish Questions round.

With special guests Ian Gordon and Ben Davies!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.82

NBA IS BACK! Raptors are going to the finals, you heard it here first! Raptor talk: What is the starting lineup/what should it be? What’s this teams greatest weakness? We all give our first-week outlook. NBA talk: Who is the first player of the month west/east? What’s going to be the dominant early storyline? Quickish questions, hot T.M.S.I.D.K. segments with producer Matt, Quickish Questions and more!

Special guests on this episode: Alan Shane Lewis and Chris Dart!

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Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 6.81

It’s the season 06 premiere, which means it’s time to gear up for the big season start next week! Kawhi is smiling and Danny Green is becoming his agent. Is Kawhi getting enough MVP love? What can we take away from the Raptors’ three pre-season games so far? “Pound the Rock” era is over. What era is this and how should we define it?

NBA: Murray’s out, Dwight’s injured, Phoenix’s GM has been fired one week before the season start, fantasy season is approaching so we test the guests on who led in each stat category last season. Quickish questions and more! With special guests Adam Christie and Joshua Elijah!

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Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 80

The preseason has begun, so we’re glugging red wine in excitement on this one! This is our last off-season special before season six.

Raps talk: Kawhi is healthy, talkative and very good. Now what? What has stood out so far in the preseason? Battle at Centre: Nurse looks like he made good on his promise and is only playing one C at a time. Should Serge start over JV?

NBA: Lebron is a Laker, Tony is a Hornet and DJ is a Maverick. What’s the weirdest? We also do a Depth Chart name game to test our guests’ NBA roster knowledge. Quickish questions and more.With special guests Neema Nazeri and Jarrett Campbell.

Thanks for listening to all our off-season specials this summer. We look forward to season six, the 2018-19 season of destiny! Please subscribe and rate on iTunes, we’d really appreciate it.

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 79

Kawhi has finally spoke (and laughed?) We got all your media day takes! Raptors:  Who is the leader of this team? Does Greg Monroe play and what does that mean? Masai’s rant– Is the “players don’t wanna play here” thing overblown? NBA: Jimmy Butler saga, should Thibs be fired? Like last week, we vote on the eastern conference top 8 playoff standings. Quickish question round and more!

With special guests: Gary Rideout Jr. and Tim Rabnett!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 78

We are three weeks away from our season six premiere and we still got lots to talk about heading into the season. Raps talk: Butler rumours wont go away. Could we? should we? What other spots make more sense? Bebe signed in Spain and he’s officially not coming back to Toronto. We talk our fav Bebe memories! We rate what makes us most nervous: New Nurse, weird Kawhi or aging Serge? NBA:  West playoff teams 1-8.  Who is the best dunker in the NBA?

Special guests: Roger Bainbridge and Nick DiGatetano!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 77

The Kawhi Leonard saga takes another turn with him buying a house in Toronto – does it mean anything or does he just hate renting? The Raptors’ press-day expectations, do we have any? We talk Sports Illustrated’s top 100 players, how do we feel about where the Toronto players on that list? Rules changes, quickish questions and more!

With special guests Alex Pavone and Jonathan Fried!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 76

Episode 76 – Deng is on the market, should the Raptors ring the bell and grab him or do we have too much depth already? DeRozan had a higher assist rate last season than Kawhi has ever had, is Leonard expected to become more of a playmaker or just be a defensive ringer?  Which of these summer takes will have the greatest impact: Norman Powell killing it in the off season, Monroe adding a 3 or JV showing well in Europe?  NBA… Favourite memories of newly retired Manu and West. Who has the best handles in the NBA?  What’s the best potential playoff matchup in the league? Quick-ish Questions and more!

With special return guest: Yaw Attuah!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 75

With help from the injury ghosts of Raptors’ past, we talk Raptor offense/defense ratings: will we see a change this year? Is Nurse gonna play Raps like Houston? Can JV handle extra touches? Can Kawhi do what Harden does? Who gets the ball to the corners? We then go league-wide asking who’s the biggest name to get traded during season, which active Canadian player finishes with the best career, and lots more. Special guests on this episode: Will Weldon, Jim Kim and Ian Gordon!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 74

Episode 74! We signed Kay Felder, what does that mean for Raptors? Kawhi’s buddy, Jeremy Castleberry, has been hired by Raptors. Is catering to Kawhi the right idea? How much should the raptors commit to resigning Leonard versus focusing on this year? Are the Raptors the deepest team in the NBA? Can Jonas play D in the playoffs? Have raps fans gotten too low on Serge? NBA -Who is the 2019 Oladipo? (Going from overpaid to underpaid). What is something another sport has that the NBA should adopt? The most overrated player in the nba is….? Rapid-fire questions to finish it off. With guests Peder Myhr and Matt McCready!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 73

We’re back from summer vacation! The Raptors got snubbed again on the Christmas Day game– Are we slighted or delighted? Where does the recently signed Moose fit in? Plus, we got a Kawhi/Masai/Drake conspiracy theory that’ll make you run wild and debate why the Raptors aren’t outright favourites to make the finals. We shift to the NBA to ask the question: Is the West overrated? What are the chances of making the playoffs now for the Spurs, Pistons, Nuggets and Cavs? Who’s the most underrated player in the NBA?

We finish it off with some classic rapid-fire questions! Special guests on this week: Ennis Esmer and James Rathbone!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 72

Well, we’ve just had the most emotional day yet as Raptors fans. The face of our franchise, DeMar DeRozan, has been traded along with Jakob Poeltl and a protected 1st round pick for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green!

DeMar, you meant everything to this franchise and we really, really hate to see you go. Thank you for your loyalty, your hard work, your passion for Toronto. We look forward to your jersey being raised to the rafters one day!

We’re taking a vacation for a couple weeks but, before we do, we gotta dissect this trade from every direction we can! We got a bunch of phone-in guests on this episode: Kathy Rivas, Ben Miner, Thomas Rivas, Yaw Attuah, Brian Winslow, Alex Wood, Ben Davies and Katie Heindl!

Enjoy this special ep and we’ll see you when we’re back from vacation.

Thanks for listening!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 71

We recorded episode 71 a short while after hearing that the Raptors might be engaged in some Kawhi Leonard trade talks! Should we package Lowry for him? What is DeMar gonna look like playing D for Nurse? Should the Raps be favorites in the East this year?

We talk NBA topics like Tony Parker leaving the Spurs, Carmelo being let go by OKC [what’s his best fit?] and does anybody really care about Summer League?

Special guests on this episode: Roger Bainbridge and Your Boy Brian!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 69

Just before we recorded, we got some breaking news: The Raptors hired defensive coach from OKC, Adrian Griffin. Hot news for the hardcore fans! Should the Raptors have traded into the draft? What’s DeRozan’s trade value? Is there a favorite Bebe moment and should the team retain him? Plus we talk which team lost the 2018 draft, which team is the biggest wild card right now, NBA rumors and some janky-but-fun rapid fire!

We got some great guests on this episode: Ben Miner, Will Weldon and Tim Rabnett!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 67

We’re back in the Basketball Funhouse and we recorded just after hearing news that Nick Nurse has been hired as the new head coach of the Raptors! We talk extensively about what that means for the franchise. We also talk our favourite Raptor moment of the season, picking one skill to improve any player on roster, Decision 3.0 [where does Bron go?], KD and G-State’s legacy, rapid fire questions and much more!

Special guests: Graham Kay and Ian Gordon!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.66

Season 05 finale! We’ve had a great time and a lot of great guests this season. Thanks to everybody who listened and was a guest on the podcast. We will be continuing on with Off-Season episodes, but let’s finish this season off with some spice first!

Cover topics like will the Raptors be better or worse next year? What’s next for Norm? What trade lands us a superstar this summer? We talk NBA as well: How much does the regular season matter? Favorite narrative of the finals this year, Colangelo burner accounts and some rapid fire questions!

With special guests: Ned Petrie, Jess Nicolette and Peder Myhr!

Thanks again for listening! Please give us a rating on iTunes and/or Stitcher. We’d appreciate it so much! See ya in the Off-Season Basketball Funhouse!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.65

After a little teaser of a possible Boston/Houston final, we’re back to reality with a Cleveland/Golden State final for the fourth straight time. We talk Raptor rookie contracts, which two would you keep? Masai’s biggest mistake? Who do want to be the next coach of the Raptors? We also talk NBA, is there a parity? Thoughts on the Finals, rapid fire questions, a special WNBA announcement and much more! With Katie Heindl, Ben Davies and Nile Seguin!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.64

Episode 64! We’re pounding the rock one last time before Casey throws it off a bridge! Well, it happened: The Raptors fired Dwane Casey. We go over our favourite Casey moments, who they should hire to replace him, what trades do we gotta make, ponder the Ibaka contract dilemma, lots of NBA final four talk and so much more! Special guests this week: Matt McCready and Ian Gordon!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.57

Comb over and take a listen, it’s episode 57! Raptors are 41-16 and ready to get back at it. We talk Raps being 1st in East, Casey getting All-Star recognition (coach of year possible?), buyout candidates, a special Bruno Caboclo tribute, lots of all-star weekend talk, Freddie’s guest spot on NBA XL, Billy Crystal and My Giant! Special guest on this ep: Tristan Douglas!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.56

OV-Omy, it’s episode 56. Raptors are 32-15 going into the Lakers game and we’re hoping they respond. We talk OVO Night, JV vs the Shape of Water fish, Raptors defense, All-Star MVP picks, dino trivia, choosing which players would be good WWE heroes and villains, Proline picks and so much more!

Need something plumbed? Paradigm Plumbing with our guest Thomas Rivas for all your plumbing needs.

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.51

Episode 51, The Raptors are 11-6 and coming off a brutal loss to the Knicks (where they gave up a franchise-worst quarter of 41 points in the 3rd). With our special return guest, Alan Shane Lewis, we talk the current state of the Raps, their top five 3PT shooters, NBA talk, LaVar Ball vs Trump and Freddie (painfully) gives the Celtics some much-earned credit.

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 5.50

Season five premiere! Episode 50! The Raptors have been off to a confident start with a 4-2 record before the Denver game. Youth movement looking better than expected… Lots of Raptor talk, Cleveland woes, hot rookies, unexpected starts, Memphis’ bench, maximalize our Proline Picks, plus much more! Special guests on the premiere: James Rathbone and Alex Pavone!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 49

Episode 49 is ready to cool you down from this fall heatwave, so plug in! Is this Casey’s last season as coach of the Raptors? Will DeRozan add three-pointers? Which Raptors are set to regress this year? Also touch on the Carmelo trade, Summer of Durant, Trump vs sports and Ghostbusters 2, plus a lot more. Our guest this week, Graham Kay,  just launched his own sports podcast with past guest Alex Pavone called Friends and Sports! Check it out after you check THIS out!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 47

Episode 47! We give our thoughts on the Carroll/Joseph trades, the C.J. Miles acquistion, what’s going on with JV, fun segment ranking all 30 NBA coaches! We went extra long to give you as much summer content as possible! It’s Vin Diesel’s birthday, stare at your favourite American Gothic print and have a listen! Special return guest: Matt McCready!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 4.45

Season 04 finale is here! We’re back after a brief hiatus and we’ve got lots to talk about. What is up with Lowry? Was it a dissapointing season for the Raptors? Where do they go from here? NBA trades (even break a couple during the podcast!), and talk the 76’ers with our Philadelphia born guest, comedian Rodney Umble! Thanks for listening to season 04. See you in the Off-Season Funhouse!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 4.39

New Years episode is here! Drink some water, put an ice pack on your head and enjoy this hungover special: Raptors are coming off tough back-to-back losses but still sit with a decent 22-10 record. We’ve got Raptors talk, trades, refs, proline picks, new years resolutions and more! Fun-in-the-sun times with special guests Adam Christie and Marco Moltisanti!

Happy New Year from all of us at Confederacy of Dunks!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 4.38

Episode 38 is here and we’re delivering a festive special with a Toblerone, none of that Lindor goo! The Raptors are currently crushing it with a 17-7 record and some of us are loving JV’s bangs. We talk Raps, team leaders, Home Alone, proline picks, 2006, 2016, and so much more! Special guests this week: Patrick Ronan Stewart, Katie Heindl, and Mark Little!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 4.36

It’s post-super-moon time on Episode 36! Raps are in Cleveland tonight riding a 7-2 record, then a tough game against the Warriors tomorrow. Can DeRozan power his way past the top two teams in the league? Is Klay Thompson really on the trade market? If so, then is it true the moon isn’t real? What does the Trump win mean to the NBA? We’re recording this one from Biyombo’s old apartment! Special guests Jacob Duarte Spiel and Joe Malekzadah!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 34

We’re back with our final off-season special before the Season 04 premiere and we’re proud to say we’re officially on the Talkhole Podcast Network!  We got your Toronto Raptors talk, we’re all watching Kim’s Convenience, we got all kinds of NBA talk, a whole lot of wheeze laughing and you can actually hear the exact moment when the Jays’ season ended. Special guests this week: Comedians Patrick Ronan Stewart, Thomas Rivas and Ned Petrie!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 31

Training camp is getting closer and we’re starting to get pumped! We’re back in the Basketball Funhouse and Freddie’s down in a sewer with Pennywise the Clown! (That’s a metaphor for ‘he couldn’t make this one’). We talk the Olympic basketball, the new Raps jerseys, we air our expectations for each and every Raptor, we talk teams that are gonna fall out of the playoffs and teams that will jump back in the playoffs, and there’s even a little Family Feud in this one. Comedians on the pod this week: Jordan Foisy and Ned Petrie!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 3.30

Season 03 finale of Confederacy of Dunks is here! We drop some heavy talk about the Raptors’ off-season, the Durant signing, go through all the teams and give off-season grades, and wrap it up nicely with a tribute to Tim Duncan. Special guests on the panel this week: Comedian Patrick Ronan Stewart and casting director extraordinaire, Steven Mann!

We’ll be back with some Off-Season Funhouse specials before season 04 starts up in the fall. Thanks for listening!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 3.29

Episode 29! The Raptors have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and we couldn’t be happier! (Well, after game one, we could be a bit happier…) We measure our expectations for the rest of the series and address a whole bunch of #other stuff. Special guest joining us: Comedian Ned Petrie! Have a listen before game two, please subscribe and rate on iTunes or Stitcher!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 3.28

Our hiatus has ended and we are back! The monkey is officially gone as the Raptors prepare for game two of the second round for the first time in 15 years. This episode of CODBP is our first ever panel show, and it went great! Special guest comedians on the panel: Chris Dart, Cathryn Naiker, and Adam Christie! We rip Lowry down past the bursitis to the bones in an attempt to figure out his playoff ordeal, contemplate a world where Drake is clapping for another team, and so much more!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 3.25

Happy New Year! We’re inching closer to the halfway point of the season. Sitting with a 24-15 record, Is 2016 the year DeRozan gets a max contract in Toronto, or is he going to bolt? We debate retiring Vince Carter’s number, DeMarre Carroll concerns, NBA news and name our top 5 moments that made us a huge basketball fan. Special guest: Comedian Simon McCamus!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 3.24

We’re all chugging crème de menthe, so it must be the holidays! The Raps are 18-12 after last night’s big Mav win. We talk DeRozan’s value, Lowry’s temper, western/eastern conference power shift, our should-be all-star picks and much more! We made sure our two amazing guests were loaded up on de menthe for this one: Ennis Esmer and Adam Christie!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 3.22

Season 03 premiere is here! Huge start to the season, and I’m not just talking about the Raptors’ 5-1 record. The great Steve Gennaro is on the show! (Raptors Republic, All In Sports Talk). We also got a pair of our favourite former guests on the show: Miguel Rivas and Elisa Nobrega! We give our NBA award predictions and reveal which NBA coach should be dating Barbara Walters by season’s end. Please donate to the Sports Connections Foundation. A great cause that helps kids!

Off-Season Funhouse Edition – Episode 20

Our new ep is up with a smash and we’re breaking Derrick Rose’s orbital bone in the process. We talk about the Raptors newly signed player, 2013 1st overall pick Anthony Bennett! Also, a special segment where we rearrange the divisions by skill, from crappiest division to most elite! (Tune in just for the division names, if anything.) Who better to make our 20th episode special than Cleveland-bred, Cav faithful comedian Ned Petrie!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 2.15

It’s the season finale of Confederacy of Dunks season two! But don’t worry, we’ll be continuing on throughout the summer with our Off-Season Funhouse episodes! It’s gonna get zannnny! In the final episode of season two, we say our piece on the NBA finals, talk some exciting Raptors’ news and create our own franchises! (apologies to PEI and Nova Scotia). Special guest this week is the fantastic Elisa Nobrega! Thanks so much to our guests and our listeners for a fantastic season two!

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 2.10

We’re back in like Lowry’s back is out: Indefinitely. The Raptors lost shortly after we recorded, giving the Bulls a season sweep and the Raps a record of 42-30 (although, they did still manage to clinch the playoffs!). Special guest this week is Peter McLaren!
We talk Steve Nash’s retirement, pick our projected playoff disappointments, and Peter has a bone to pick with Freddie about the Rockets.

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 2.07

After a nasty losing streak, the “baby-faced assassin” known as Lowry has teamed up with “Dirty Roses” DeRozan to swish home some wins. They ended up losing tonight, so the Raps are 33-17 and have lost two in a row, also dropping their first divisional loss of the season. Comedian (and brother to Fred) Miguel Rivas joins us this week! And he’s got a bone to pick with the casual fans.

Confederacy of Dunks – Episode 2.05

Happy New Year! The Confederacy of Dunks is back. It’s 2015. The NBA is getting closer to the halfway point of the season and the Raptors are 24-10, riding a three-game losing streak dating back to late 2014.
DeRozan is finally set to return after just about 6 weeks off, but will it make everything better? Is it time for some trades? Our guest, comedian Ben Miner, may have some New Year’s resolutions for the team.