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Dr. J. Naismith 03-06-2009 10:30 AM

Bonner Plans To Play For Canada
 
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Originally Posted by Hoops Addict
During a recent trip to Toronto earlier this month, Matt Bonner talked with the media about how the combination of his grandfather - a Newfie as he affectionately referred to him - and his wife being from Canada has led him to feel a strong connection to this country. Bonner also recently discovered that he has some cousins who are Canadian.

Because of these factors Bonner has decided to file the necessary paperwork to gain his Canadian citizenship.

Not only that, but hes also expressed a strong desire to play the Canadian national team.

When asked how the process was unfolding, Bonner told the media before a game in Toronto earlier this month that the paperwork had been started and he hoped to be playing for Canada by this summer.

Its in the process, Bonner told Hoops Addict. Its something that has to get done regardless because my wife is from Toronto and were planning on living here. So Im going to have to get Canadian status at some point.

Besides his own desire to play for Canada, the current coach of the national team, Leo Rautins, is ecstatic about adding a player with the abilities of Bonner to his roster.

I think its great for the program but Matt (Bonner) is the kind of guy that is great for the team because hes a blue collar guy, Rautins told Hoops Addict while grinning from ear-to-ear. Hes the kind of guy who is low maintenance and he just wants to play. Even with his wife expecting hes still said hell be in camp and thats the kind of mentality you cant put a price on that because other guys see that.

Who can blame the coach for being so excited? When you can add a 6′10″ big man who can spread the floor with his shooting it makes for the perfect addition to any coach looking to compete on the International stage.

If you look at all the International teams there arent too many great post up bigs, they all are bigs who can step out and play both games, Rautins explained to Hoops Addict. Even with the great shooting bigs there arent many who can shoot like him. Hes a phenomenal shooter. Not only is he a great shooter, but hes a smart player who knows how to play the game. The problem a lot of times is you get guys who are great shooters or great scorers but it doesnt necessarily mix. Matt can play with anybody because he knows how to play the game and hes also coming out of a system in San Antonio where if you dont know how to play the game youre gone.

Heres to hoping that things unfold as planned because the team needs all the help they can get after they finished 13th in the World Championships in 2006 and then failed to qualify for the Olympics during a second qualifying tournament in the summer of 2007.

If things do work out, Bonner may just be the boost the team needs to improve on their current FIBA ranking of 19th in the world.

Source - Bonner Plans To Play For Canada|Hoops Addict

'trane 03-06-2009 10:44 AM

:cheers2:

Raptorman 03-06-2009 10:53 AM

Put that in your pipe and smoke it Magloire.

If you dont love Bonner, you arnt paying attention.

And dont even say "cuz he cant make the US team" . Boy just wants to play and appreciates all that Canada has been to him.

spenda 03-06-2009 03:14 PM

Red Rocket FTW

gotta love this guy, looks so awkward out there but it just seems to work for him

Gurk 03-06-2009 04:48 PM

Yea. Now we need Nash and we are going to be the next champions of the world. Also we need a definite coach change so Sammy D will want to come back

Dark Knight 03-08-2009 08:04 PM

So is Bonner our center? There goes our inside game, hello 3 pointers!

If this doesn't persuade Nash to play, then I think its time to fire Leo and hire Jay before its to late!

iRaptor 03-08-2009 08:05 PM

RED ROCKET BABY SHOOTING .500 IN THE SEASON BEYOND THE ARC!

Ugo Ferst 03-08-2009 09:27 PM

a scrub is a guy who thinks he's fly, also known as a busta

Dark Knight 03-08-2009 09:29 PM

busta rhymes?

Kirby 03-08-2009 10:10 PM

All in good hands. I won't play for team China, I'll play for Canada so Canada can win.
Gurk, DK you in? :dancing:

Dark Knight 03-08-2009 10:46 PM

ya, just wait a couple years so i could grow another foot or so, aight? :yeah:

Dark Knight 03-08-2009 10:58 PM

what the hell, knowing the standards to get on the team, I'll sign up right now.

MangoKidHoops 03-09-2009 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Ugo Ferst (Post 157048)
a scrub is a guy who thinks he's fly, also known as a busta

Yeah, why? Why post that? The guy wants to play for Canada. No one thinks he's a star, but he's better anyone else we have on our roster right now.

Gurk 03-09-2009 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Kirby (Post 157077)
All in good hands. I won't play for team China, I'll play for Canada so Canada can win.
Gurk, DK you in? :dancing:

Sorry team India is depending on me to take them to the championships

Dark Knight 03-09-2009 10:40 PM

Do they even have a team? lol

see you in the finals bro, me and Kirby are going all the way

Gurk 03-09-2009 10:49 PM

Hey if you don't believe me check out this link:

India national basketball team - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dark Knight 03-09-2009 10:52 PM

Soooo, any real studs on that team?

Gurk 03-10-2009 12:05 AM

Yea our 5-7 center

Dark Knight 03-10-2009 12:10 AM

:haha:

oh gosh, i hope that was a joke

Gurk 03-10-2009 05:09 PM

Yea it was. Our center is actually 6-7


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