Bonner Interested In Playing For Canada
Old 07-08-2008, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I guess now that he's marrying a Canadian, he's looking to get his Canadian status too.

Would be a nice addition to the national team and a great PR person for Basketball Canada.

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Yes, that was Matt Bonner hanging around the Canada game on Saturday night, chatting up Canada Basketball CEO Wayne Parrish and a raft of other ne’er-do-wells Matt met during his time with the Raptors.

And yes, he made a joking comment about getting himself a Canadian passport and playing for the national team.

I have no idea how immigration really works in this country but I’m sure someone in the upper echelons of Canada Basketball will see if the move is possible.

That’d be very cool. Too bad he couldn’t be with the team now; he could check that German basketball legend Chris Kaman in exhibition games this week.
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While people thought he sort of sucked in the NBA, he would actually become Canada's Olympic team's second best player after Dalembert, probably by a large margin. This would be pretty good for Canada if he were to join up.
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Kaman's playing for Germany? Wow.. Dirk and Kaman in the front court. Pretty solid.
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Dwight and Bosh, even more solid. Lol.
Canada isn't going to get anywhere though..
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I just realized something in the roster. 4 of the 12 players on the team are actually Canadian-born. Thats pretty weird. There are guys from Greece, Spain, Germany, France, Ukraine and Australia
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Here's Eric Smith's take on Bonner becoming a Canadian.

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Seems like I may have hit a bit of a nerve yesterday with the Matt Bonner-to-Canada blog — a good nerve that is.

The response has been positive from most of the folks out there … as people seem keen on the idea of having The Red Rocket wearing a maple leaf.

Sources within Canada Basketball have told me that they are interested in pursuing this possibility. They feel it’s a natural fit … given that Bonner:
- Is marrying a Canadian (Toronto) girl
- Plans to live in Canada in the off-season (which he already is)
- Will own a home (and pay taxes) in Canada
- Has family that already lives in Canada

Plus, from what I’ve told, there may have already been a casual conversation with Bonner about this possibility and word is that he’s very keen on playing for Canada.

The one issue that Canada Basketball could run into is a FIBA rule that apparently allows only ONE “landed immigrant” on a team at any given time. With Samuel Dalembert filling that slot, perhaps adding Bonner would be difficult. I don’t know if there’s any wiggle room with that room or any negotiating that could go on. However, one would have to assume that Dalembert (and Bonner) wouldn’t play every single game; every single summer. Unless it were an important game like a qualifier or World Championship, one or both could could/would likely rest. So maybe that’s how it could work. We’ll see.

Whether or not this becomes a reality is anyone’s guess, but it won’t happen until AFTER the Olympics. There’s not enough time to get this done now. As excited as Bonner may be to play for Canada, his focus right now is on his August wedding. And Team Canada’s focus is on Athens … and then hopefully … Beijing. If this goes down, it will likely happen at some point over the winter.

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If Bonner's on the Canadian team you can scratch my last post and add another non-Canadian-born player on that team. But if he is will Canada hold 13 guys or will they cut someone? Because as of right now there are 12 players, without Bonner.
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If Bonner's on the Canadian team you can scratch my last post and add another non-Canadian-born player on that team. But if he is will Canada hold 13 guys or will they cut someone? Because as of right now there are 12 players, without Bonner.
He's not being considered for this summer.

It's a down the road thing that, realistically, is not yet a serious consideration.
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a person cant get a canadian citizenship that fast
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