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Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
Position: F-C
Born: 04/05/80
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $1,499,187
If there’s two reds San Antonians love, it’s Big Red and Matt Bonner. To commemorate the 10-year relationship between the city and the red-headed Spur, the soda company has released a Limited Edition “Bonner Bottle.” Thomas Soper snapped a photo he shared with of the bottle with Bonner’s face emblazoned across it, with the words “Celebrating Matt Bonner’s 10 years in San Antonio.” The company also decided to include the sharpshooting Spur’s nickname, “Red Mamba.”
He has never so much as taken a recruiting visit, respectfully telling prospective suitors he preferred to wait on any deal the Spurs might offer. “It goes back to being realistic,” he said. “Some guys maybe try to chase money or a bigger contract or whatever. I’m really happy being here and playing in San Antonio.” Truth be told, Bonner would like to continue to play for the Spurs for as long as they want him. He does not believe this is his final NBA season, even though he is at an age when any season could be.
A career 41.4 percent 3-point shooter, Bonner ranks as the 15th-most accurate gunner in league history. If the Spurs did not believe he could still occasionally deliver from deep, Bonner would not be here. Being the most positive guy at the office, however, never hurt anyone’s employment chances. “He can go three or four games not playing, and he won’t have an attitude,” forward Kyle Anderson said. “He’s personally one of my favorites, a guy I look up to as far as having a good attitude through good and bad.”
By the time he came back to try out for the Toronto Raptors in 2004, the men who had acquired his rights one year earlier had been fired and replaced by new GM Rob Babcock and coach Sam Mitchell. Bonner was sitting in an office with them on the eve of the new season. He had outplayed several other candidates for Toronto’s final roster spot. “Rob said, ‘We want you on the team, but we can only give you a one-year unguaranteed rookie minimum contract,’ ” recalled Bonner. Babcock went onto explain that the Raptors’ needs at point guard could prevent Bonner from finishing the season with Toronto. Babcock also understood that Bonner was receiving interest from teams in Europe who could offer more money than the Raptors.