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December 22. 2012 9:48PM

NBA Life with Matt Bonner: Passion for music bonded Bonners


 


In this Bonner family portrait, Nadia Bonner holds the newest member of the family, 4-month-old August, while Matt holds his daughter, E.V., who is 3. (Holly Bain/Watermark Photography)

In a twist for the holidays, The NBA Life catches up with the "Red Rockette," Nadia Bonner, wife of nine-year NBA veteran Matt Bonner from Concord. The Bonners have two children and reside in San Antonio. They spend much of their summers in New Hampshire.

Sunday News: What's it like being married to the most accurate 3-pointer shooter in the NBA?

Nadia Bonner: Matt works very hard, and I'm so proud of all he's accomplished. He's also a fantastic coach. It's awesome to watch him teaching the fundamentals to all the kids at Matt Bonner's basketball camp. Our son and daughter will be knocking down 3's by the time they are five.

SN: How would you describe Matt's relationship with fans and the San Antonio community?

NB: He was a fan favorite in my hometown of Toronto, and he is certainly well loved in San Antonio. I think he is probably one of the most approachable players in the NBA, and he truly loves meeting his fans. Giving back to the community has always been such a priority, I know he feels blessed to be in a position to help others.

SN: What kind of reaction do you get from fans who recognize him in public?

NB: As I mentioned, Matt's fans really relate to him and appreciate his laid back attitude. However, he probably has his biggest fan base in the over-60 crowd. True story. Just the other day he was surrounded by a group of older women who told him that he was far more "dashing" in person.

SN: How did you two meet?

NB: We were introduced by a mutual friend in Toronto after he had already begun playing for the Spurs. We were connected by our passion for music, and he had questions for me about putting on a charity concert. Five years and two kids later, "Sneakers and Speakers" in New Hampshire, and "Rock the Court" in Toronto, are annual events we are so excited to be a part of.

SN: Did he have a good pickup line?

NB: There may have been mention of a lightening bolt striking him, and my comparison to it.

SN: How would you describe his sense of humor?

NB: Matt is extremely goofy. He is very in touch with his inner dork, as am I. But it's this, coupled with and his honest nature, that makes him so likable.

SN: And his intelligence?

NB: Matt is "wicked smart" and seriously one most intelligent people I've ever met.

SN: How much do you travel? And what are some of your favorite road trips?

NB: I'm so blessed to have been able to travel with Matt. It's always nice heading back to Boston and Toronto, but my most memorable trip has to be traveling to Africa with the NBA's "Basketball Without Borders" program.

SN: What kind of fashion tips have you given Matt through the years?

NB: My husband is way too committed to printed T-shirts, jeans, and grey New Balance runners, for me to influence his fashion choices.

SN: What do you envision for Matt following his playing career?

NB: I think it's going to be a fairly natural transition for him when he's done playing. I'm sure he'd love to stay with the NBA in some capacity, and it makes sense for him to do so. But I think we both secretly hope to one day have him coaching back in New Hampshire.

SN: Matt could be governor of New Hampshire if he wanted. How would you like being the first lady?

NB: I have grown so fond of New Hampshire. If that were to happen, it would be a great honor to represent such an incredible state.

SN: What have you learned about people from New Hampshire?

NB: People here are very real and full of life. Matt's family know practically everyone, so it's been fun meeting so many different people, many of whom are now close friends. I truly adore the time we have spent here. I'm so glad our children will have the opportunity to create their own New Hampshire memories.

SN: Have you been approached to appear on "Basketball Wives," the TV show?

NB: I don't think Matt's love affair with sandwiches and my slight addiction to Starbucks makes for very juicy television! I've only ever seen the show once, and I'm happy to say that the women I've had the pleasure meeting through basketball, are not represented on it.

Matt Bonner discusses The NBA Life each week with radio broadcaster Chris Ryan and New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Kevin Gray, and the interview appears weekly in the N.H. Sunday News.


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