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    Believe it or not, Matt Bonner claims 'bigger' iPhone 6 to blame for shooting woes

    Jul 7, 2015

    MAYBE Matt Bonner should switch back to an iPhone 5.

    The former San Antonio Spurs forward and former Manila visitor is blaming the new and 'bigger' iPhone 6 for an injury to his arm that he claimed affected his shooting touch in the last NBA season.

    In an interview with the Concord Monitor, the 'Red Mamba' said he believes Apple’s latest popular smartphone is the culprit behind his 'tennis elbow.'

    Bonner told the Monitor: “Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended developing (the arm injury).”  

    Bonner’s account might raise some eyebrows, considering the injury is on the non-shooting arm of a player who rarely shoots.

    Ludicrous as Bonner's claim may sound, the story mentioned that the Spurs training staff has seen something similar before, where a player suffered an injury from too much time using the phone.   

    “I hate to make excuses, I was raised to never make excuses, but I went through a two-and-a-half month stretch where I had really bad tennis elbow, and during that stretch it made it so painful for me to shoot I’d almost be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill.”

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    The 35-year old Bonner has a career 46.3 percent shooting percentage but only managed to make 40.9 percent of his shots from the field in the 2014-15 season. His three-point shooting drastically fell to 36.5 percent, about 5 percent lower his career average.

    He is currently a free agent.

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