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Matt Bonner blames down shooting season on iPhone 6

Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 26: Matt Bonner #15 of the San Antonio Spurs stretches before Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Matt Bonner, a career 41.1 percent 3-point shooter, shot just 36.5 percent from beyond the arc last season – his lowest mark in seven years and the second lowest of his career.


Bonner, via Tim O’Sullivan of the Concord Monitor
“You’re about to get an exclusive here,” Bonner said. “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.’ ”

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,” he said. “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 up developing it.”

Before you start laughing (or at least when you finish), know that this is not unprecedented. Bonner said he spoke with one of the Spurs’ strength and conditioning coaches about the injury and the coach reported that he had suffered a similar injury after spending too much time playing a game on his phone.

Bonner is a free agent, and the Clippers – owned by Apple-loathing Steve Ballmerneed a center. Seems like a perfect match.