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We The RapsCast, Ep. 19: Free Agency and Salary Cap Update with Daniel Hackett

Basketball Fans! Russell and Dan welcome cap guru Daniel Hackett back to the show this week to discuss the Raptors signings of Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka (2:55). Then, Hackett takes everyone to CBA school, illustrating what position the signings put the Raptors in financially (13:50), discussing what they can do to alleviate their potential luxury tax burden and why ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 17: Atlantic Division Breakdown (The Battle at the Brewer)

With Russell off on vacation at the Basketball Hall of Fame this week, Dan welcomes Sean Woodley of Raptors HQ and Locked On Raptors. The guys talk about the NBA Finals and the state of the league (3:50), and break down the Raptors immediate opponents, the four other teams in the Atlantic Division. They discuss what Boston will do with ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 16: NBA Talk with the Captain of the Tweet of the Week Army, Mr. Woobly O’Balls

We’re Back! The boys welcome Captain Woobly O’Balls of ‘The Starters’ fame, and discuss his real name, the current NBA Finals, the origin of “Woobly O’Balls” and who he roots for (2:59), how his relationship with the Starters began (17:08), his thoughts on the Raptors as an outsider (30:00), and play a fun game about the NBA’s most unbreakable records ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 15: Dissecting the Salary Cap Situation with Daniel Hackett

Dan Grant was out this week due to illness, but Daniel Hackett of Raptors HQ graciously played the role of “Next Dan Up” as he joined Russell to discuss the Raptors’ salary cap situation. Russell and Substitute Dan discussed how Dan managed to become so knowledgable in all things cap (3:18), took a deep dive into the various scenarios that ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 14: Raptors Post-Mortem with Steve Sladkowski of PUP

This week Russell and Dan are joined by huge Raptors fan Steve Sladkowski, lead guitarist of the band PUP! The three go on a philosophical basketball journey that includes eulogizing the latest Raptors season (1:47), Steve’s Raptors fandom and music career (5:25), and answer Listener Questions about what the Raptors are going to do about Kyle Lowry’s free agency (17:30), ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 13: Fool Me Once…

Dan and Russell lament the Raptors punishing Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers. Spurred on by frustrated listener questions, they discuss the Raptors reliance on Patrick Patterson and his streaky three-point shot, P.J.Tucker’s excellent play, the disappointing starting lineup, and a worrying lack of urgency from the Raptors. They also tee up Game 2, look for silver linings in Game ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 12: Raps-Cavs Preview with Justin Rowan

Russell and Dan welcome Justin Rowan of The Chase Down Podcast and Fear the Sword to preview Raptors-Cavaliers in the conference semifinals. The guys talk about the differences between this year’s matchup and last year’s, the role that Serge Ibaka and PJ Tucker will play in the series, Dwane Casey’s strengths and weaknesses, and the most important role players for ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 11: We The Norm

Dan and Russell lead off by breaking down the Raptors impressive Game 5 victory over Milwaukee, and then backtrack to discuss the rollercoaster that has been this first round series. They then discuss their choices for most interesting players for each team (17:33), before Dan goes on a fizzled out Grant Rant (53:11) that gains steam towards the end. They ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 10: Greek Freaking Out

Dan and Russell talk things out this week, breaking down Game 1 and the Raptors reactions in the media. They then gauge their level of panic on 5 key issues (4:20) that have emerged following the Raptors Game 1 loss. They take on an extra long listener questions segment (31:53), as the fanbase is all riled up after another Raptors ...


We The RapsCast, Ep. 9: Buck Milwaukee

Russell and Dan break down the key match-ups in the Raptors-Bucks series, discussing Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rise to stardom, and how Toronto will guard him, Khris Middleton’s impact, whether or not Milwaukee’s second half improvement was real, Toronto’s Game 1 playoff curse, DeMar DeRozan’s ‘flu’, series predictions, and more!


We the RapsCast Ep. 8: Welcome Back, Kyle

The guys discuss the re-branding of the show in the opener, followed by the Lance Stephenson incident amidst a 3-1 week in Raptors Past (2:26), the return of Kyle Lowry in Raptors Present (11:30) and the showdown versus Cleveland this week and a potential first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Raptors Future (19:20). They then take listener questions (33:26), ...


We The Podcast, Ep. 7: From the Ashes of Pasta

This week, Russell and Dan take a look back at a 2-1 week for Toronto in Raptors Past (1:11), talk playoff seeding, PJ Tucker vs DeMarre Carroll, and Kyle Lowry’s non-injury updates in Raptors Present (6:56), and look forward to a four game week in Raptor’s Future (24:01). Then a new segment, as the guys take listener questions for the ...


We The Podcast, Ep. 6: We The Fourth

Listen to Dan and Russ discuss an excellent past week for the streaking Raptors, including a big road win over the Miami Heat in Raptors Past (1:08), the play of Delon Wright and PJ Tucker, as well as where the guys think the Raptors will land in terms of playoff seeding in Raptors Present (9:43) and preview this weeks home ...


We The Podcast, Ep. 5: A Puncher’s Chance

Russell and Dan break down the punch heard ’round Raptors Nation, as well as the Raps furious comeback over the Chicago Bulls. They also look at games from the past week in Raptors Past (2:21), a possible starting lineup change and the improved defense in Raptors Present (16:01), share their best stories about falling down (in honour of Cory Joseph) ...


We The Podcast, Ep. 4: Taking a Swing

Episode 4 of We the Podcast is here! Listen as Russell and Dan discuss the Raptors ho-hum past week in Raptors Past (3:00), break down the play of Serge Ibaka and Norm Powell in Raptors Present (10:52), and predict the upcoming week, the Raptors final win total and how the Eastern Conference will play out down the stretch in Raptors ...


We The Podcast, Ep. 3: Thank You, Terrence

In Episode 3 of We The Podcast, Russell and Dan discuss their age and Russell’s quest for greatness, talk about the past week and get emotional about the Terrence Ross tribute letter in the Players Tribune in Raptors Past (7:20), discuss the DeMarre Carroll injury and the current state of the team in Raptors Present (21:00) and break down the ...


We The Podcast, Ep. 2: Life Without Lowry

Episode 2 of We the Podcast, where Russell and Dan talk about the new additions to the Toronto lineup and their immediate impact, coupled with the fantastic play of DeMar DeRozan (1:28), lament the Kyle Lowry injury, and discuss how the team will fare without him (13:51) touch on the teams upcoming schedule and try to predict how they’ll do ...