Confederacy of Dunks

Confederacy of Dunks

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.... Show More

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October 28, 2020 66 min

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? Looks like the NBA will be doing playoff-style series matchups during the regular seas...

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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’s new head coach. What Raptors lessons can he bring to the Pacers? Who knows what ne...

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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 night club and Amir did the Zombie walk. What should Pascal do every year in Toronto...

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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 one Raptor to take to one of Ontario’s beautiful parks this winter. Who do you take an...

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September 29, 2020 67 min
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 you want to see from the Raptors in terms of entertainment? NBA: We talk the ...
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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 journalist like Steve Simmons asking Masai a racist question? Should his access be revoked and...

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September 17, 2020 84 min

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 locked up Coach Nurse and that’s wonderful. With some of our big guys like Van Vleet,...

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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 week, what are we gonna be talking about aka what is the Raptors’ fate against Boston...

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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 made in the past that are making us eat our words and make a pick on the Bucks...
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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 and more!

Special guests on this episode are Katie Heindl and Ian Gordon!

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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 the promised land of champs!

Big announcement is finally here: We have joined the Sonar...

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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 west are you most excited for? Out of all the big awards finalists (MVP, 6th man, DOP,...

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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 come fast. What are you thinking when you look at the standings?

NBA:  Just wild basket...

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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 think should happen with Lou Will? Who did you forget about until the bubble came ba...

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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 will get to play in the lead-up to the playoffs. Who has the most potential to increa...

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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 did a bit better. Liz Campage opted out due to a condition, but otherwise the rate is ...

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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 NBA season? Is it the Brooklyn Nets? J.R Smith to the Lakers, Noah to the Clippers. ...

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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 media being fair with Kyrie Irving? The players have all the leverage here. How do you...

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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:

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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?

FREDDIE’s 2K Fantasy: We’ve got more updates on Freddie’s 2K guy and, uh-oh, the Tor...

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