Gotta Love Matt Bonner
Old 11-26-2008, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a more humble athlete in professional sports than Matt Bonner? As much as he frustrated me at times on the court in Toronto, you can't help but love the guy as a human being.

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“I tell people I'm a minor celebrity in three places on the planet: San Antonio, New Hampshire and Toronto,” said Bonner, who is New Hampshire's second NBA player after Jeff Cross. “And by minor, I mean minor. Most people that recognize me don't care.”

Last month, Bonner had a charity tournament at Canyon Springs golf club. He shook several dozen hands and smiled just as many times for pictures.

“That always cracks me up,” Bonner said. “Why would you want to have your picture with me when I'm just like everyone else? I'll never get used to that.”
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Bonner is a self-proclaimed “boring guy” who likes staying at home and reading. He's into Indie Rock. Things he's revealed on his bio: He's never had a cavity and he has a bad habit of twisting his hair.

He drives a 2006 white Pontiac Grand Prix; in college he had a hand-me-down 1999 Hyundai while playing at Florida, where he had a 3.96 GPA in business administration.

“They are jealous” of his ride, Bonner, 28, said of his teammates. “They know I can take any one of them off the line.”

Despite making $2.978 million this year and $3.256 next year, Bonner remains frugal. Former Spurs guard Brent Barry, who is now with the Houston Rockets, remembers a time in Sacramento when Bonner was getting a snack at his favorite spot: Subway.

“Matt had a coupon for half off a sandwich, which said: ‘Valid at participating stores only,'” Barry said. “The owner said we're not ‘participating stores' and Matt was like ‘Well aren't you a Subway? I walk outside and I see the name ‘Subway.'” After 10 minutes, he talked his way to half off a turkey sandwich. He saved like $2.16.”

Added Bowen: “It's not about what you make, it's about what you keep. He understands that motto perfectly.”
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Many people don't know this, but Bonner's brand is slowly developing.

While the majority of NBA players wear Nike, Adidas or Reebok basketball shoes, Bonner sports black ones from New Balance, a company known more for its running shoes than hightops. Only a handful of guys in the NBA wear them, said Bonner, who convinced teammate Anthony Tolliver to switch over.

Bonner signed a contract with New Balance, and he'll have his own shoe coming out: the Matt Bonner limited edition New Hampshire basketball shoes. They'll have the Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation that became an icon in New Hampshire, on the tongue, and it will say “Live Free or Die” — the state motto — on the back.

“They're going to be a hot item,” Bonner said.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Matt Bonner with his own shoe?????

Holy crap. lol.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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easily one of the greatest reads on bonner yet. also i like how it's snowing right now.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ahhaa matt bonner .. he is indeed one of a kind .. love the guy
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ha ha! I read that article this morning. He is/was definitely one of the nicest chaps around. I still like him a lot.

It's snowing? Dammit. Oh well, at least I am at the lab. until 10 tonight. I hope there isn't going to be any snow accumulation.
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Old 11-26-2008, 03:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would buy his shoe. The guy is humble dude.
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Ha ha! I read that article this morning. He is/was definitely one of the nicest chaps around. I still like him a lot.

It's snowing? Dammit. Oh well, at least I am at the lab. until 10 tonight. I hope there isn't going to be any snow accumulation.
here in north york its wet snow, i don't think will get that much though. won't be enough to cover anything really.
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This guy has his own shoe. WTH.
W/E he is a good guy
Love to him back on our team. So he can school KG's ass again
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Love Bonner. I'm with him on the whole "participating stores" thing. I hate that.
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