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Confederacy of Dunks is a basketball podcast hosted by Freddie Rivas and produced by Matt Duncan. We talk NBA hoops, players, coaches, personalities, contracts, fans, arenas - every little detail of NBA life. We are also hardcore Raptors fans. It's a safe bet that you will hear us talk about the Raptors a fair bit. We also like jokes. It's a safe bet that you will hear us make several of those.
 
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The Raptors locked down their most important free agent in Fred Van Vleet and we’re now under a month until next season begins! Raptors: Bet on yourself. Let’s talk Fred. How are we feeling about this? Off to L.A., goodbye to Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. What are your favourite memories of these two champion giants while playing for the Raps? Baynes…
 
Big week for the Raptors with the draft and free agency looming! Raptors: Stanley Johnson picked up his option. Is the Stanimal the ultimate test for the Raptors’ development system? It looks like Phoenix is off the table as an option for Fred. What other teams (besides the Raptors) represent the biggest threat to signing Serge or Fred? With so muc…
 
Looks like the NBA will return in just under six weeks, which means the draft and free agency begins soon! RAPS: Where is your head at? FVV’s free agency, where the Raptors will play this year and Serge’s free agency. Where do these three pending events rank on your radar? Covid has been filled with outdoor hangs. Which Raptor are you hanging with …
 
From the Terence Davis arrest to the New Jersey Raptors to the ongoing Giannis chase, we got some basketball talk to sooth your post-election brains! RAPS: Everyone wants to know what the punishment will be for Terence Davis. Here is what I want to know: How do male fans of basketball and the Raptors show better support for victims of abuse and tha…
 
The NBA looks like it’s returning sooner than later with a possible December 22nd start. Here’s hoping the NBA gets some improved VR fans for Christmas. Raptors: With the Canadian border issue, cities are lining up to be the home away from home of our former champions. Where should the Raptors play? What kind of player should the Raptors draft? Loo…
 
We’re now officially back in the Off-Season Funhouse! We’ll keep filling the basketball void in your heart between now and the next season start. Raps: Fred watch! Stein and Bontemps report that the Raptors are looking to keep Van Vleet under 80 mill for a max slot. Sound about right? Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren has been hired as Indiana…
 
Wow, 45 episodes later, we’ve finally made it to the Season 07 finale! The Pandemic really stretched this one, so let’s finish it off and dunk right into the off-season specials! Raptors: Gasol is gone. Serge is nearing the end of his career. What type of Centre do the Raptors need in the future? Kyle gives out turkeys for Thanksgiving, Vince had a…
 
Lakers are up 3-1, which means the playoffs are almost over, which means our season 07 finale is next week! But first, let’s take your favourite Raptor to a Toronto park for day. Raps: Nurse was on the Lowe Post with Windhorst and talked about taking individual players out with zones. Is the Pascal era of Toronto going to be a defensive one? Pick o…
 
The Celtics lose to the Heat in six and the Lakers/Heat Finals start this week. A weird Fall off-season is coming! Raptors: To build around Fred Van Vleet… What does he need to win? Home work: What is the #1 thing Pascal, OG and Norm need to work on for next season? Assuming next season will look something like the Orlando bubble, what’s something …
 
The Raptors have to lock in some big players like Fred and OG, but the real relief will come with a Masai extension. The off-season is the conversation for Raptors fans right now. How concerned should Masai and company be with future money like retaining Van Vleet long term and giving OG an extension? What is the appropriate response to a journalis…
 
After a wild and stressful series, the Raptors were eliminated by Boston in seven games. But there’s lots to grateful for this season and lots to look forward to. Raptors: What was the single best thing about the 2019/2020 season for the squad? Hinsight! We get a redo. What needed to be different for the Raptors to beat the Celtics? The future! We …
 
The Raptors got destroyed in game 05 and are now facing elimination in game 06. Will they win and force a game 07 (and then win that??) Raptors: Nurse has endless zones but very limited players he trusts to do them. Why? Kyle took the team back from Pascal this series. Does he need to give it back for us to win? This is a weekly podcast. Come next …
 
The Raptors just lost a heart breaker to the Celtics and are down 0-2 in the Eastern semifinals. We recorded post-game to give our reactions to game two! Raps: We talk how winning while down 0-2 is nothing new for the Raps, vent some Smart frustrations and discuss what exactly is going on with Pascal Siakam. NBA: We talk some bad takes that we’ve m…
 
The Raptors beat the Nets in four games to get their first ever playoff sweep, twenty-five years in the making! We cover a lot of ground on this episode: Adrian Griffin, the Masai video, the Fred and Norm press conference, the sweep, 2020 Coach of the Year Nick Nurse vs Brad Stevens, Doncic’s heroics, surprising playoff teams, Quickish Questions an…
 
The playoffs are back! The Raptors start off the Brooklyn series with a commanding 134-110 win. We talk with our guests Antony Hall and Matt McCready about the big win, give our reactions and thoughts about the series, how they should celebrate, and more! If you’re not a fan of the Raptors yet, jump on this playoff journey and we’ll guide you to th…
 
Raps just won a battle of the bench against the Bucks and brought their record to 51-19 with two to go! F**k Brooklyn 2.0 is ready to commence and it’ll be different than last time. Who is number 8 on the rotation and who might be a better fit for that role? Is Nick Nurse robbed if he doesn’t win Coach of the Year? NBA: What playoff series in the w…
 
We’re back, we’re healthy, we’re incredible. Raptors record sits at 48-18 after two impressive wins against the Lakers and Heat. RAPS: Fred looking like Steph, Kyle is a legend and OG just shut down LBJ and Bam back to back. Of greatest concern, Siakam looking tentative at times or our deep bench looking a little shaky? The playoffs are going to co…
 
Basketball has returned and the Raptors have finished their 3-game scrimmages going 2-1. The season restart is finally here! The next games are gonna count! We talk favourite scrimmage moments, what games we’re most looking forward to with the eight remaining regular season games, and playoff worries! NBA: Getting Chicken at Magic City. What do you…
 
Basketball is back!! Our first glimpse of the bubbled games has begun. It’s exciting but also super weird and strange… Raptors: Is Perkins puffing up Pascal? Let’s see if we can name 10 players that are for sure better than Spicy in the 2019 season. What are you hoping to see from the Raptors/Rockets scrimmage? The entire team is healthy! Everyone …
 
The Raps are already in the bubble! How nervous are you? Bosh was on the Lowe Post and talked about fracturing his face and missing the playoffs with the Raptors. Does that heartbreak still register for you? Open Gym was already next level. Are they going to win an Oscar for filming stuff in Orlando? NBA: The WNBA just got their tests in and they d…
 
More players are being diagnosed with COVID it seems every day, which makes the whole restart feel very weird. Raptors: Fred’s statement. Vince Carter retired and there is a big, swelling feeling, bubbling up in you. What’s the feeling? Raptors have their 8 game schedule. What do you expect? NBA: Is there a tipping point for the cancellation of the…
 
Freddie is about to join an NBA 2K league with our guests and he’s pretty excited about it. Raps: Masai was on Metro Morning. He said, “There seems to be something different in the air this time.” Does that resonate with you? Rumour has it the Raptors are already in Florida. Are you hoping for anything from them in regards to protest? NBA: Is the m…
 
We hope everyone is doing okay during this difficult time. We took last week off and may take more time off in the future if we feel like our voices are inappropriate. We wanted to listen and keep our eyes open and we’ll continue to do that. Please donate, share, listen, and support: Umoja Robotics Black Lives Matter Toronto Raps unPublished The Ba…
 
The NBA is on track to return soon so it’s time to get back to some current basketball! Raps: This pandemic only slowed us down. There are many different scenarios and variables at play, but most have the Raptors playing the Nets or the Grizzlies. Preference? Which Raptor will play the best coming out of the pandemic break? Who will play the worst?…
 
It’s been a fun five weeks watching The Last Dance. It gave us the basketball content we so desperately needed during this ongoing crisis and we’re grateful for it. And now it’s over! Where do you rank The Last Dance among other sports films/documentaries? There are rotation players and role players and Steve Kerr was one of the best role players. …
 
Episodes 07 and 08 of The Last Dance aired and we’ll continue to relate our content to the doc! Time stopped when they asked Cartwright if MJ is a nice guy. The answer is no and it was cringeworthy. What is the best musical sting to edit into that pregnant pause? We all know Michael has final say on this doc. Who is the biggest omission from the do…
 
The pandemic can’t keep us down, so let’s keep injecting some basketball content into our minds until the season resumes. Lots of episode 5 and 6 content related to Last Dance! If you watched episode 5 and 6, what’s more shocking: An incredible New York Knicks team or a dominant Charles Barkley? We’ve got some more updates to Freddie’s 2K character…
 
Twenty years from now, when the Raptors get to make their coronavirus Last Dance-style documentary, what will it be called and who will be the hardest interview to get? In the spirit of episodes 3 and 4 of Last Dance, who should the Raptors send to Vegas for 48 hours and what would Serge do when he was there? We get into the recent episodes and tal…
 
We’re churning out some basketball butter for you here, so slap two pieces of bread on your ears and have a listen! NBA fans are going nuts for The Last Dance and so are we. We dive heavy into the first two episodes. Stay tuned to see which guest is silently watching it for his third time while we recorded! Freddie 2K: A dramatic reading. We catch …
 
The NBA just released a H.O.R.S.E. competition and, love it or hate it, we applaud the effort. We’ve got some new segments to chew on! Put yourself in Freddie’s shoes as he tries to make it in the NBA2K, or step inside the phone booth with Matt and head back in time to an NBA draft that won’t be overshadowed by The Matrix or the fears of YTK. Quick…
 
We’re all missing basketball right now, so we’ve got some fun hoops content for you to enjoy. Hang in there, everybody! On this episode, we ask the question: What is your basketball escape? Are you 2K’ing your brains out too? Chicago is chasing (and possibly paging) Bobby Webster? Is this even appropriate right now? If the season is cancelled but f…
 
We’re back with more content to tide you over during the COVID isolation. We did a segment asking guests who their favorite Raptor was and we had a blast reminiscing. Special guests joining us remotely: Jonathan Yam, Randl Morales, Katie Heindl and Brendan Halloran! Brought to you by The Sonar Network Support Confederacy of Dunks Brought to you By:…
 
We’ve got some bonus content for ya! Freddie on the Flyve is a segment that is exclusively for our Patreon page, but we decided to open it up to everyone during the pandemic and NBA suspension so we can provide as much content as possible for you to pass the time! Producer Matt calls Freddie and asks him five random questions to elaborate on. Baske…
 
We hope everyone is making out okay during this wild and isolating time. This is now our second episode during the COVID-19 crisis and, other than Terrence Davis scarfing down donuts and being reprimanded by Serge, we don’t have much news to tell you on the Raptors’ front. But we do have so many memories and favourite moments that the Raptors have …
 
Hey guys! We hope you enjoyed Part 01 of our Ultimate Coach rankings. Here’s Part 02, the top 15 coaches in the NBA ranked by us. Don’t skip to the end to see who’s number one. You gotta savour it! Once again, Kevin Dowse and Matt McCready help us go from rankings 15 all the way to 1. Enjoy and be well! We’ll keep the content coming during this dif…
 
Hey pals. These are some wild times and we hope all of you are safe and managing well during this crisis. The NBA has been suspended and the Raptors are all under quarantine, so we don’t really have much Raptors’ news to talk about other than Serge’s cool quarantine gym or Boucher breaking out for a bit. But we want to sooth you with some content i…
 
The Raptors had a very successful west-coast trip, going 4-1 and sit with a record of 46-18. We’re starting to think about playoffs, oh boy! Raptors: Norm getting player of the week and immediately injuring himself seems like a microcosm of this season. We talk more Raptors’ microcosms. Is Serge Ibaka the most underestimated player in the NBA? It’s…
 
The Raptors are sitting in 2nd in the east with a 42-18 record, but are in the midst of a three-game losing streak. Not panicked but we are a little worried with how this could affect playoff matchups. RAPS: We talk concerns in relation to the losing streak, thoughts on OG’s career night and predict the week ahead for the Raptors. NBA: Jokic is a r…
 
The Raptors just had a huge franchise-high win over the Pacers and sit at 42-15 with the Bucks up next. We talk with Jarrett Campbell about what it’s like producing for Serge Ibaka’s Avec Classe, and Katie Heindl tells us what it was like to work the NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. Lots of good Raptors’ talk and a couple lightning rounds of Quicki…
 
All-Star weekend was a fun one! Raptors are off until Friday so we got some hot content to tide you over. Raps: How did our guys do this weekend? We evaluate the performances of Nick, Pascal & Kyle. Playoff Pascal– What do you expect from Spicy in the playoffs? With 27 games left for this Raptors squad, what are our expectations for the team outsid…
 
The Raptors have taken the franchise win streak to 15 and sit at 40-14. Raps: We talk favourite moments of the win streak so far! A lot of mixed messages about Masai. What to believe? Who is the third most important player on this Raptors’ squad? NBA: We pick our potential winners for the Skills Comp, 3-Point Contest, Dunk Off and MVP’s for Rising …
 
The 36-14 Raptors have tied their franchise record for a win streak at 11 and are looking to extend it against the Pacers! Raptors: Fun win streak! We talk other fun streaks! Kyle is an All Star! Nick is an All Star. Let’s give them some credit here. Which non-Raptors’ team is the most like the Raptors? Who is their doppelgänger? NBA: Fav non-Raps’…
 
After hearing the news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing, the Raptors/Spurs had a very heavy game to get through and the Raps managed to slog to a 110-106 win in San Antonio. We start off the show with a good chat about the different feelings and thoughts about Kobe Bryant and his legacy. Raps: We give our thoughts on the emotional Spurs game. Ten ye…
 
We recorded this right after the insane MLK Day 122-117 win against the Hawks. Raptors are now at 29-14 and we’ve got some hot reactions to today’s game that we want you to hear if you ever make it past the intro! NBA: We talk about the boring trades that have happened so far. Which sub-500 team has the best long-term outlook? Who should be in the …
 
Siakam is back after being out nearly a month but we still lost to DeMar and the Spurs and plump the record to 25-14. Raptors: Freeze frame of DeRozan dunking on Boucher’s soul. Where do both of their careers go from that point on? Gasol is coming back soon and Fred won’t be out long. Who should start when the squad is healthy? Is FVV an all star? …
 
We’re back with our first pod of the ’20s! Raps are grinding away through the injuries and sit at 24-12. Raps: Tied for 15th on O, 4th on D and 6th in net rating. Is this who the Raptors are? What will change as the season goes along? Trade season. Who should the Raps target? NBA: Who makes the 8th seed in the west? Have the Lakers and the Bucks se…
 
The Klaw finally got his ring and the 18-8 Raps now have the Kawhi Era officially behind them. Raptors: We talk the amazing ring ceremony for Kawhi and take you right through to the wins against Brooklyn and Cleveland. Numbers. There are quite a few of them. We talk which number stats we’re watching through the year. (A certain players 3 point %, t…
 
The 16-7 Raps went 0-3 against the measuring-stick session with Miami, Houston, and Philly, but the game of the season is upon us! That’s right. Kawhi’s return to Toronto. Raptors: We wouldn’t be Raptors’ fans if we didn’t scare easily. We talk out our worries for the team at the quarter mark. What is the best possible outcome for the Kawhi return …
 
The 15-4 Raps are still undefeated at home (9-0). With Miami, Houston and Philly coming up, they have a huge opportunity to turn some heads a full lap. RAPTORS: Who is better than the Raptors? Ibaka is back and Boucher is benched. Does TD get benched when Kyle comes back? Should Nurse find minutes for them and did RHJ become our 8th man? Who is bet…
 
Raptors are 13-4 and we’re still reeling from that huge win against Philly and “zero points” Embiid. From Gasol to Boucher to Nurse and beyond, we got lots of praise to throw around, plus we talk the potential rule changes and some Quickish Questions! Special return guest: Yaw Attuah! Brought to you by The Sonar Network Support Confederacy of Dunks…
 
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