Matt Bonner is still one of the most popular Spurs in his eighth year with the San Antonio Spurs. From his love of sandwiches to his fiery red hair (it’s orange!) – he is loved by all the fans.
He brought the nickname ‘The Red Rocket’ with him from Toronto and it has stuck ever since. Anytime Bonner hits a three, commentators will say something along the lines of “the Red Rocket nails a three.”
But sandwiches and nicknames are not the reason he is a good fit for the Spurs. It is his professionalism and accepting any role that is given to him by head coach Gregg Popovich has kept him in silver and black for the past eight years.
“I consider myself extremely lucky to be a role player in this league and be about to complete my 10th season and this is only my second team,”
“Most guys move around to many teams and I’ve been lucky to have been with the Raptors and to have a great experience there for two years and now be able to stick on here for eight years somehow.”
Bonner is not the best defender on the team, but his ability to shoot three-pointers makes a him a weapon as the Spurs can stretch the floor to make the defense guard him beyond the arc. Popovich called on Bonner to start Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder to pull OKC big man Serge Ibaka away from the basket. Despite having his minutes reduced, Bonner was ready when his number was called.
“You can’t be like all of a sudden I have to do something different to get ready, you have to be prepared for any time you get called,” he said.
The 34-year-old will be a free agent after the season is over. Despite his role on the team being reduced, Bonner can be used in many different ways for Popovich and I expect to see the Red Rocket in silver and black next season.
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