HoopsHype Matt Bonner rumors

January 22, 2014 Updates

In a monster sports marketing move few in the industry saw coming, adidas Basketball announced earlier today that they have signed San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner to an endorsement deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though we can expect to see Bonner wearing adidas throughout the remainder of the 2013-2014 NBA season. Bonner, an unpaid wearer of New Balance product for years after securing an endorsement with the Massachusetts-based company early on in his career, was said to be down to just a few remaining pairs of his favorite model. In need of a new sneaker deal, Bonner has turned to adidas, and joins teammates Tim Duncan and Nando De Colo as brand endorsers. You can look for Matt Bonner to be wearing this Grey / White / Black adidas Crazy 8 on ESPN tonight as the Spurs host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sole Collector

Dan McCarney: BREAKING: Matt Bonner has new shoes. Exclusive on @nicekicks tmw. Twitter @danmccarneysaen

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Joe Freeman: The Spurs say Matt Bonner broke his nose and will not return in second half vs #Blazers. Twitter @BlazerFreeman

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Matt Bonner will not play in tonight?s Spurs-Suns game due to tightness in his left calf. The injury caused him to miss the second half of last night?s Spurs-Nuggets game. Following tonight's game Bonner will be listed as day-to-day. NBA.com

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As has been well-chronicled here and elsewhere around the Interweb, Matt Bonner’s precious stock of New Balance shoes — officially known as the 8026 Basketball Model — is dwindling. He’s down to just two pairs, with no idea what he’ll rock when the last one finally wears out. Like his cars, Bonner only has one requirement for footwear, per his recent interview with Nice Kicks: "My only spec with shoes is if they’re comfortable, if they don’t hurt my feet. I won’t a shoe, no matter how cool it looks, if it hurts my feet. If a shoe is comfortable, I am definitely open to wearing any brand out there." San Antonio Express-News

October 10, 2013 Updates

After making do for several months with an El Camino, he finally settled on a full-time replacement: the 2014 Chevy Impala, which beat out a slew of luxury competition to become the Official Car of Matt Bonner. “Love it,” he said. “It’s completely remodeled. It’s American-made. You have to stay true to your roots, right? I tried an Audi. I tried an Infiniti. I looked into a BMW, some of the higher-end stuff. It just didn’t feel like me. “The leg room is far superior, which is basically No. 1. No. 2, it has over 300 horse power, which is plenty for me. And it still gets 29 MPGs, which is pretty good for a mid-size model. It had all the same technology packages. It has ventilated seats. It’s very luxurious.” San Antonio Express-News

October 9, 2013 Updates

Forward Matt Bonner, whose supply of New Balance basketball shoes has nearly dried up since the shoemaker stopped making his favorite model, believes he can make it through the season without resorting to another brand after discovering a cache — two pairs — over the summer. “It was Christmas in July for me because our equipment guy found two more pairs,” he said. “They were in some obscure, random little storage locker. We get (orthotic inserts) made, and our orthotics guy had a pair of my shoes that he used to make the mold for the orthotics. He just kept them because we periodically get new orthotics, so he has a pair of shoes he uses so he can make them fit. “I gained that intelligence and got the shoes back, so that's how I got the extra pairs.” San Antonio Express-News

October 8, 2013 Updates

Matt Bonner had been hoping to squeeze at least another 60,000 miles out of his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. Alas, the Red Mamba’s sweet ride was put out of commission near the end of last season. Bonner declined to reveal details, but an exclusive Express-News investigation has learned that it was totaled in an accident. (Chalk up another one for the shmohawks.) After making do for several months with an El Camino, he finally settled on a full-time replacement: the 2014 Chevy Impala, which beat out a slew of luxury competition to become the Official Car of Matt Bonner. “Love it,” he said. “It’s completely remodeled. It’s American-made. You have to stay true to your roots, right? I tried an Audi. I tried an Infiniti. I looked into a BMW, some of the higher-end stuff. It just didn’t feel like me. San Antonio Express-News

September 9, 2013 Updates

The 6-foot-10 Bonner, who is in Manila for the three-day NBA Cares program, said the window is far from closing on the Spurs as their consistency coupled with their commitment to excellence are aspects that always make them a title contender. “Every year, people would always say that we’re too old but we always proved them wrong,“ Bonner told a handful of scribes after an activity with kids at the Mall of Asia Arena. Led by Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio came close to winning its fifth NBA crown when it lost to the Lebron James-led Heat in seven games. “We don’t listen to what a lot of people are saying, and as far as with people saying that we’re too old, I don’t think so,“ he added. “Look at Tim Duncan and his game, he relies on fundamentals, high IQ and skills and those things don’t mesh with age and as long as we’re healthy, we always have a good chance to be back in the finals.“ Tempo

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