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NBA Life: Bonner adjusts to travel, and to a new addition to the family
Matt Bonner loves his Pontiac Grand Prix, but it might be time for a minivan. The nine-year NBA veteran, wife Nadia and daughter Evangeline-Vesper have been adjusting to a family of four since the arrival of August David Ali Bonner. The healthy 7-pound, 5-ounce boy was born in August.
The Spurs returned home from a 10-day road trip, defeating Memphis, Milwaukee and Houston last week. Bonner has netted at least one 3-pointer in four straight games and leads the NBA with a 52-percent success rate from behind the arc. This week, we gave the Red Rocket some rapid-fire questions before the Spurs took on Houston.
Sunday News: What have you been doing to occupy yourself on the homestand?
Matt Bonner: Changing diapers.
SN: How long did it take you to recover from that road trip?
MB: About 30 seconds. Returning home from the East Coast is easy. It's coming from the West Coast that really screws up your sleep patterns.
SN: Do you still carry $2 bills for tipping purposes?
MB: With inflation and the devaluation of the dollar, it only makes sense.
SN: December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month. How are you coping so far?
MB: Right now it's 80 degrees and sunny outside.
SN: Have you ever thought about waving your index finger like Dikembe Mutombo after hitting a 3-pointer? That could be your new thing.
MB: I prefer to do that after I swat a shot into the third row. So basically never.
SN: Do you have a sneaker deal yet?
MB: No. Sometimes I feel like I should be on the island for misfit toys.
SN: Do you ever buy a pack of NBA trading cards to see if you're inside?
SN: One of your rookie cards recently sold for $15 on eBay. Is this a good sign or bad sign for the economy?
MB: I don't know what that says about the economy, but I congratulate the vendor for getting a 3,000-percent markup for it.
SN: Why do you wear No. 15?
MB: I wore it for some random reason in college, and it just stuck.
SN: What is mutton bustin'?
MB: I might be the only Spurs player who knows this. Isn't it when you take a kid, and they grab onto a pig, and they smack the pig in the butt, and he has to hold on?
SN: What's on your iPod?
MB: Some Arcade Fire. I love the new Springsteen album. Deer Tick, The Antlers and you can't go wrong with some old-school Okkervil River.
SN: What is Frito Pie?
MB: I have no idea. I'm guessing a bunch of Frito chips mixed in with some chili.
SN: Have you ever asked an NBA player for his autograph?
MB: I never have for myself. The only player I wouldn't hesitate to ask, should I ever see him, would be Larry Bird. I was always Larry Bird in the driveway when I was a kid.
SN: Have you ever asked anyone for an autograph?
MB: Yes, I have gotten Gene Keady and John Wooden to sign their respective books for me. Also, I got Kevin Gray to sign his Millrats jersey, which I have framed and hanging in my living room above the fireplace for all to admire.
Bonner discusses The NBA Life each week with radio broadcaster Chris Ryan and New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Kevin Gray. The interview appears weekly in the N.H. Sunday News.