He did an interview with Sports Illustrated over All-Star weekend during a charity event in
“Well, my penchant for math. I was on the math team. It started in elementary school, when I placed second in the city of
The two also joked around about Bonner’s love for sandwiches before they got into anything really serious.
Bonner was asked how the Spurs were able to do so well without
“It’s by committee. We have a lot of guys on our team who can go off on a given night, and that makes us really difficult to guard. And
He also talked about how complicated the Spurs playbook is and how they’ve simplified things in recent years. They got to talking about Tiago Splitter and why he and
Bonner then went pretty in-depth about his post defense. That’s been one area of his game that he’s struggled with at times but Coach Pop is a big defensive guy and has pushed him to get better.
“I look at who I’m matched up against and really focus in on their personnel report, see what their strengths and weakness are, and just try to outsmart them — force them to beat me with their weaknesses. If a guy likes to go over his left shoulder for a jump hook, make him do something else. If he wants to face up and shoot a jumper, get in on him and make him drive. If he wants to drive, back off and make him beat you with a jumper.”
Definitely check out the whole interview, it’s well worth a read.