It’s time for season nine of Confederacy of Dunks! We’ve got new segment alerts, medium market darlings, ranking the final Raps roster, opening night changes and extension slander!
Raptors: Toronto sits 10th on the list of most valuable NBA teams, making us a medium market (not small!). Does that change the perception of the team? The final roster is complete. We rank the players who made the cut from 1-15!
NBA: We recorded on opening day. We discuss changes we’d make to the opening night festivities and don’t worry, Antarctica might be included. Lots of extensions in the league, but DeAndre Ayton did not get one of them. Was that a mistake for Phoenix?
Quickish Questions?!!?, introduce our new League Pass Report segment that we’ll be doing this season and lots of tomfoolery with our guests Ennis Esmer and Jay Rosales!
It’s our final Off-Season Funhouse episode. Season nine premieres next week! We’re talking lovable characters, stand-outs, distractions and wild cards.
RAPTORS: What is something that has stood out for the Raptors this preseason? There seems to be a lot of lovable characters on the team now. Which player is not so lovable and needs a bit of a rebrand?
NBA: Simmons is begrudgingly returning to the Sixers and Kyrie ain’t touching a court until he’s fully vax’d. Are these just summer stories or are they gonna impact the season? What team is a wildcard or is a “hard to read” team?
Quickish Questions and more! With Jordan Foisy and Cathryn Naiker.
Media Day, contenders and sleepers, oh my!
RAPTORS: Media Day always signals the true beginning of a new season and it was a wild one around the league. What was the most interesting thing to happen or be talked about? If you had access to media day, what kind of ridiculous questions my you throw at Masai and team?
NBA: What teams are contenders this year? It seems like a few sure bets are falling off a bit. What players are people sleeping on right now?
Quickish Questions and more, with Patrick Ronan Stewart & Yaw Attuah!
Getting close to training camp and we’re feeling hyped, lots of new faces to talk about, and MVP lists and potential basketball doc treatment!
RAPTORS: There are a lot of new faces coming to training camp. Who is the most intriguing out of this new bunch of players? What’s getting you hyped for the new season coming up?
NBA: After watching Untold’s Malice at the Palace doc, what other basketball team needs their story retold? We look at the top ten MVP list from last year and discuss who should be added to it and who should be kicked off!
Quickish Questions and more, with not one but two Henrys: Matt Henry and Ryan Henry!
Masai saying it’s gonna be a rough season, Kyle wanted to finish the year, and the Elam Ending might weasel it’s way into the league long term!
RAPTORS: What is the best Goran Dragic outcome for Raptors fans? Lowry said that he declined a trade at the deadline and chose to stay with the Raptors, even if it was just to watch. Is that surprising?
NBA: The Elam Ending is kind of cool, maybe will become a greater part of the league in some way. We come up with other changes to the playing format that might be fun! Which NBA team looks like they’re the worst heading into the new season? Quickish Questions and more!
With guests Alexey Ots and Cathryn Naiker!
We’re back from our week off, Summer League is over and we’re starting to worm our way towards the start of the season.
RAPTORS: Summer League thoughts. How are we feeling about the debut of Scottie Barnes? Did anyone else stand out? There’s a lot of chatter about how this year is gonna be OG’s big breakout. Are there any other players that might be a better breakout candidate? It has been set for the Raptors to return to Scotiabank Arena this season! We give our own ideas on what the opening-day festivities should look like!
NBA: Who is the best point guard in the league? Which team is going to have the worst change in their regular season record, good or bad?
Quickish Questions and more, with Sheldon Alexander and Antony Hall!
What can you say about Kyle Lowry and what he means to Toronto? Some would say he first arrived to an impossible situation, playing for the NBA’s only Canadian team, a franchise that no one ever took serious enough to include in potential contender talks.
That’s fair. We weren’t anywhere close to contention when he arrived. Fans were worn down by betting on Bargnani, watching Chris Bosh consistently marching to the finals each year with Miami, and DeRozan emerging as our heart and soul without any real parts around him. But then Kyle arrived.
Once this new team started making the playoffs, they never stopped. After some heartbreaking defeats at the hands of players like Paul Pierce and LeBron James and a devastatingly risky DeRozan/Kawhi trade, Kyle brought us a championship. What an amazing nine-year run.
This episode is dedicated to Kyle Lowry and contains some snippets from his journey here as well as some amazing insight from some of our amazing guests like Alan Shane Lewis, Derick Deonarain, Cathryn Naiker and Katie Heindl!
Thanks, Kyle. Time for a new era.
Well, the day has finally come: Kyle Lowry is no longer a Toronto Raptor. What a ride. Thank you, Kyle. Special episode coming up soon dedicated to the GROAT!
RAPTORS: How are we feeling about Kyle’s exit? When the team was in Tampa, management created a VR Toronto Experience Room for players to get to know this city. What would your VR experience be if you could design one? Scottie Barnes over Suggs? We got some hot draft takes!
NBA: Free agency hot takes, who’s going to the finals this year, Quickish Questions and more. With Ben Davies and John Rallis!
After weeks of speculation on what happens or who the Raptors take in the draft, we’re going to find out on Thursday, so let’s speculate a little more!
Raptors: What is the best possible outcome for this team? We qualified Gary Trent Jr which makes sense, but we keep qualifying Nando just in case he comes back to the NBA. What former Raptor is there that you just can’t let go of, and what type of gesture would you do to make them stay?
NBA: The off-season has begun. Our old pal, JV, has been traded to the Pelicans. Is there a fit with Zion or is this too many big cooks in the kitchen? Which franchise is the best at drafting? Quickish Questions and more fun with Matt McCready and Cathryn Naiker!
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.