action:article | category:SPORTS0201 | adString:SPORTS0201 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Basketball » Celtics/NBA

October 31. 2012 11:58PM

Bonner's 'NBA Life' returns Sunday


San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15) reacts after a shot during a 2011 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the AT&T Center. (Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE)

In the past eight seasons, Concord native Matt Bonner has taken Granite Staters for a ride to an NBA championship, on a quest to find the best sandwich in North America, and behind the scenes with all-time greats like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. Bonner had a tussle with Kevin Garnett in Toronto and a sank seven 3-pointers at Oklahoma City.

The journey continues.

"The NBA Life with Matt Bonner," entering its ninth season, will again be published in the New Hampshire Sunday News each week of the season. The Sunday conversion stems from an award-winning radio show by the same name, headquartered at WKXL in Concord by hosts Kevin Gray and Chris Ryan.

The 6-foot-10 Bonner, drafted in the second round by Chicago in 2003, played one season in Italy before earning a spot on Toronto's roster in 2004-05. He played two seasons for the Raptors and was traded to San Antonio in June 2006. The Red Rocket, a nicknamed linked to the public transportation system in Toronto, began his seventh season with the Spurs on Wednesday night. The 32-year-old has scored almost 4,000 career points and grabbed nearly 2,000 rebounds. A career 41.5-percent shooter from 3-point range, Bonner ranks 13th all-time in 3-point shooting accuracy.

"I've always enjoyed doing the show and talking sports and music or Red Sox and Patriots, whatever is going on," Bonner said. "I've gotten so much support from New Hampshire through the years. This is an opportunity for me to share some insight with the fans. It's pretty amazing how people have followed my career, especially since I'm just a role player. I can't talk to all those people, obviously, but maybe I can reach them through the show."

"The Life" co-hosts Kevin Gray and Chris Ryan have taken the program on the road, recording from the The Alamo in San Antonio, the White House, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and atop Mount Washington in recent seasons. The program also has been conducted at NBA arenas such as the TD Garden, Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"My favorite part of the show through the years has been following Matt on road," said Ryan, who is also broadcasts Manchester Monarchs games with Ken Cail. "We never know where we'll end up. Last season, on a trip to Texas, we ended up taping a show with the legendary Junior Brown from Riley's Tavern, the oldest bar in Texas, that used to be a brothel. The next day, we were talking championships with Tim Duncan and politics with Matt and Manu Ginobili in the Spurs locker room."

The season's first edition of "The NBA Life" will appear Sunday in the sports pages of the New Hampshire Sunday News.

- - - - - - - -


Kevin Gray may be reached at kgray@unionleader.com.


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former New Hampshire goalie DeSmith tells his side of arrest, dismissal from team

NH hockey team moving to Maine could be worth at least $1 million in economic activity say city officials

New owners of Claremont plan to put speedway back on track

Speedway in Claremont bought for nearly $519,000

Lebanon marathoner qualifies for US Olympic Trials

Matt Bonner talks about the end of the run, making the simple play, and playing until he's 40

Ex-UNH goalie agrees to diversion,receive counseling, avoids jail

Wildcats will face Chattanooga in prime time

New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies teaches supporters how to believe

Helmetless Football? Its the new practice at UNH

CASEY DeSMITH

DeSmith officially dismissed from New Hampshire team, but can return to class as of Dec. 20

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15), of Concord, N.H., shoots the ball against Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second half at TD Garden.

Rapper Lil B gives shoutout to…Matt Bonner?

Manchester Central's Tyler Stratton watches his shot get by Spaulding High School (Rochester) goalie Derek Scott during a shootout at the 2012 Bauer Christmas Hockey Classic hosted at JFK Coliseum in Manchester.

VFW downsizing threatens Spaulding hockey due to loss of venue for Bingo fundraisers

Eagles notes: Kelly committed to current job

5 face riot charges in beating incident at football game

Ayotte rips top sports league commissioners for snubbing hearing on domestic violence

Manchester Monarchs sign Josh Gratton to AHL contract

Can football without helmets lead to fewer concussions?

Trial date set for former UNH hockey coach accused of assaulting player

Sudanese runner with NH ties hoping to crowdfund way to 2016 Olympics

Former Wildcat van Riemsdyk undergoes successful surgery

Monadnock Speedway driver captures first Granite State NASCAR title

CASEY DeSMITH

Star goaltender DeSmith no longer on NH roster after assault charge

UNH squad practices without helmets, shoulder pads to reduce risk of head trauma

24 Hours Of LeMons: This Time We Went Fast, Briefly

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!