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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.
The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination event in which the winning team will earn $1 million, will feature more than 40 former NBA players, including Royce White, Nate Robinson and Brian Scalabrine. The event began a year ago with a prize of $500,000 and featured 55 teams. This season, the field will include 97 teams after the open application process closed last week. The tournament will begin July 10-12, and the field will be split up into four regions: Philadelphia (Northeast), Atlanta (South), Chicago (Midwest) and Los Angeles (West).
After the play, Bonner approached Smart with some choice words and the two stood toe-to-toe for a moment. After teammates stepped in, Bonner, obviously incensed, begged the referees to review what happened on tape. They obliged and decided to toss Smart. “He approached me,” Smart said of Bonner. “Like I told him, I was like, if I hit you in your nuts on purpose, err, you know, your privates, you wouldn’t be in my face. I was like, it wasn’t intentional. And that’s what I told him. I wasn’t trying to. I didn’t even know I did. … But he just kept coming to my face. And as a player, and as a man, at that point you know you’re going to have to stand up for yourself. So as he got close to my face, I stayed in. I had to stand up for myself.”
So enamored with plaid and corduroy is the Spurs’ resident sharp-shooting goofball that a special pair of custom Christmas shoes created for him by local artist Jake Danklefs almost designed themselves. It still took Danklefs’ nationally-recognized skills to actually execute what could very well be the most unique shoes worn during the NBA’s five-game Christmas slate on Thursday. “Nick Young is going to want a pair when he sees the swag I’m rocking,” Bonner joked after receiving the shoes from Nice Kicks, referring to the Lakers’ resident style monster.
Big Red, America’s original and bestselling red soda, announces that San Antonio Spurs Pro Basketball Player Matt Bonner has signed on as their new brand ambassador. Images of Bonner aka “The Red Mamba” will be found on Big Red soda displays at hundreds of stores across Central and South Texas starting in December. Coming next spring, fans can enter a text-to-win sweepstakes to win Bonner’s autographed Spurs jersey. “As a Texas-based company, we’re excited to welcome local legend Matt Bonner to the Big Red team,” says Big Red’s SVP of Marketing Thomas Oh. “Big Red is San Antonio’s #1 flavored soft drink and Matt is the only redhead in the NBA. So it makes perfect sense for San Antonio’s two favorite reds to partner together to get fans pumped for another championship season.”
Spurs sharpshooter/everyman Matt Bonner has enjoyed a career probably even he could never dreamed of: Soon to be 11 seasons, with career earnings of more than $27 million and distinction as one of the most accurate 3-point shooters in NBA history. And now comes another honor with his impending induction into the University of Florida Hall of Fame. The Red Mamba will be inducted in the spring of 2015 as part of a seven-person class. The three-time All-SEC selection will be the 29th basketball inducted into UF’s Hall. Bonner scored 1,570 points in his career at Florida, averaged 15.6 and 15.2 points over his last two seasons.
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NBA fans might be in for a treat if San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner has his way. And what is the said treat? How about seeing Bonner play until he is 40 years old. In an interview with Basket USA, Bonner spoke on how much longer he can still play and if his body holds up, he’d like to play until the ripe old age of 40. I plan to play as long as possible. Up to 40 years old, that would be great! I will take year by year and see if the team needs me and if I’m still healthy enough to play.
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Q: Pretty much the entire team is returning, with only Aron Baynes yet to be re-signed. Were you ever concerned the Spurs were going to move on without you? Matt Bonner: I had several teams calling me to check about my availability, and I kept telling everyone I wanted to wait and see what happens with the Spurs because that was my No. 1 option. It took a little while. I understand I’m not the No. 1 priority anymore. I shouldn’t say anymore; like I ever was. But I understand being a role player, somewhat towards the end of the bench. They have to let the market play out and see what other opportunities are available. They told me the whole way they wanted me back. They just had to do their due diligence. I understood that so I stayed patient and told everybody I was going to wait for the Spurs.
Off the court, you’ve made some forays into the world of comedy, which got me thinking: From Coach Popovich on down, it seems a lot of guys on the Spurs are legitimately funny. Is that just a coincidence or does comedy play a role on the San Antonio Spurs? Matt Bonner: I think when you talk about our team and our players, you ask the question, “Is he a Spur?” When you go ahead and define what a ‘Spur’ is, most people would say hard-working, puts the team first, high character—everything you associate with the Spurs brand. But really, another characteristic of being a Spur is having a sense of humour. It’s a long season with a lot of ups and downs. Having a sense of humour is a good way to deal with stress and relieve tension and keep our team on an even keel. And just because you have a sense of humour off the court doesn’t mean you don’t have a killer instinct on it.
Are you still in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen or has that ship sailed? Matt Bonner: The ship has kind of sailed. I wouldn’t say we’ve docked on the other side of the world yet or anything, but I haven’t really heard any new developments over the last couple of years. I think its been like five years since I started the process. You know, I did everything asked of me and obviously I wanted to get that done so I can play with the national team, but it never went through.
As you’ve probably seen here and elsewhere, the Spurs’ fifth Larry O’Brien championship trophy is in the midst of a summer tour around the world to the various hometowns of players. After heading to more exotic environs in Argentina and Australia, it was Matt Bonner’s turn to take the trophy back to his native town — idyllic little Concord, home to roughly 43,000 and capital of New Hampshire. (Dig his t-shirt: We came, we saw, we Concord.)