HoopsHype Matt Bonner rumors

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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. San Antonio Express-News

August 28, 2014 Updates

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. ProjectSpurs.com

August 25, 2014 Updates

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. San Antonio Express-News

August 20, 2014 Updates

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. SportsNet

Which player would make the best stand-up comedian? Matt Bonner: I think it would be really funny to see Kawhi Leonard do stand-up comedy. Just because he’s probably the last person anybody would expect to get up on the mic. It’d be really funny a) to see what he’d come up with, and b) to see how uncomfortable he might be up there. I’d pay to see that. SportsNet

July 25, 2014 Updates

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.) San Antonio Express-News

July 21, 2014 Updates

Quixem Ramirez: Terms of Matt Bonner's contract haven't been released, but he reportedly signed a one-year veteran minimum contract ($1.45 million). Twitter @quixem

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He is a role player and they are a dime a dozen when it comes to talent. It’s the other things, the professionalism, the willingness to accept and thrive in a clearly-defined role that has allowed the Spurs to keep him around. “I consider myself extremely lucky to be a role player in this league and be about to complete my 10th season and this is only my second team,” he said. “Most guys move around to many teams and I’ve been lucky to have been with the Raptors and to have a great experience there for two years and now be able to stick on here for eight years somehow. “I’ve just been very fortunate to have kind of been a direct witness to the greatness that is Tim (Duncan), Tony (Parker) and Manu (Ginobili) and obviously everything else with coach Pop (Popovich) and RC (Buford) and the rest of the organization. “Just to be a part of it has been awesome.” Toronto Star

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