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Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
Position: None
Born: 04/05/80
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Matt Bonner: Now, as someone who played for Coach Pop for the last 10 years … let me put that into a little perspective. The Spurs’ system is predicated on one of Pop’s favorite sayings: “Good to great.” Translation: Always pass up a merely good shot, or a merely good play, for a great one. Basically — move the ball, make the extra pass, and be unselfish. And since there’s so little ball domination in that system … it makes it pretty impossible for any one player to put up a huge scoring average. Even Tim Duncan — arguably the greatest power forward to ever play the game — never had a season in which he averaged 25.7. And that’s really all you need to know. To me, 25.7 points per game in the Spurs system … that’s like 30 plus on almost any other team.
Storyline: MVP Race
Matt Bonner: As any sandwich lover knows, a great sandwich lives or dies by its bread. And as any NBA fan knows, defense wins championships. And Kawhi is the best defender in the NBA. This year, to be honest, it’s not even really that close. Kawhi has it all. He’s got the physical attributes — long arms, big hands, strength and quickness. He’s got the mental attributes — an off-the-charts basketball IQ, a next-level understanding of angles, the best sense of anticipation I’ve ever seen. He’s got the work ethic — the drive to absolutely work his butt off, night in and night out, to lock down his man. And he’s got the clutch gene — he quite literally wins games in the fourth quarter on the defensive end.
“One of the best pieces of advice I got at Sportscaster U. from one of the ESPN execs was, when you start out all your hear is ‘you’re doing a great job, you’re doing a great job, you’re doing a great job — you’re fired,’” Bonner said. “So take compliments with a grain of salt and be your harshest critic. Just like in basketball we watch film. I record every one of my broadcasts and go home and watch with my wife, too. She’s good at being honest with how I do. I kind of dissect it, and see where I can improve mistakes I made, things I can do better.” Bonner has noticed little things in his studies — subtly wavering in his seat, not looking directly into the camera — and, like any good pro, has worked to correct those flaws. He has a long way to go to catch Elliott, but those within the organization are encouraged by his early work.
Q: What ways did you keep yourself in shape and healthy? —Terry. Matt Bonner: Staying in game shape for over six months in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at the age of 36 was quite a challenge. It took a lot of mental toughness and focus. I stayed motivated by telling myself that I could get a call from an NBA team any minute so I had to be ready. I lifted four days a week and did a lot of mobility and flexibility work. For conditioning, I basically alternated on playing the court, running in the mountains (until it started snowing), swimming in the pool and riding an Airdyne bike. I also mixed in some pickup basketball at some of the prep schools up there and even did a couple of those boot-camp-style classes with one of my childhood buddies. I think it’s important to try and keep conditioning low-impact as you get older to save your joints.
Storyline: Matt Bonner Retirement?