Posts Tagged ‘Matt Bonner’

Matt Bonner goes sandwich hunting in Germany

By Jeff Case

Perhaps the most famous foodie in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner is a well-documented lover of sandwiches (and, really, any kind of grub). As the Spurs are overseas this week readying for preseason games in Germany and Turkey, Bonner has taken in the local sights (and chow) while he’s in Berlin.

And what better place for Bonner to give his expert critique than the famous Hasir Restaurant. It was there that Bonner tried the Döner Kebap sandwich, which is nearly as popular in Germany as hamburgers and hot dogs are.

VIDEO: Matt Bonner tries out the Döner Kebap sandwich

Matt Bonner selects official car of Matt Bonner

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMatt Bonner may be a career NBA player who has made plenty of money throughout his career, but above all else, he’s a practical dude. He likes playing chess (above), sandwiches, baby carrots — the simple things in life.

So it’s no surprise that when it came time for Matt Bonner to get a new ride, he didn’t go with a fancy sedan or some luxury vehicle. After trying a few foreign cars, the new official car of Matt Bonner is… an American-made 2014 Chevy Impala. He gave his reasons to the San Antonio Express News

“The leg room is far superior, which is basically No. 1. No. 2, it has over 300 horse power, which is plenty for me. And it still gets 29 MPGs, which is pretty good for a mid-size model. It had all the same technology packages. It has ventilated seats. It’s very luxurious.”

Bonner is obviously completely satisfied with his new car. Until, that is, a media member who shall remain nameless floated the idea of having his semi-famous red mamba snake head painted on the hood.

“Wow, I didn’t even think of that,” he said. “That’s awesome. I feel if I did that my car would be stolen in a week, though. Everyone would want it.”

San Antonio Spurs winning food finals

VIDEO: Lang at Barclays

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The NBA Finals don’t begin until tonight, but the Spurs have already pulled ahead in one important race — stadium food. As you can see in the video above, a few months ago I did some extensive research into the food served at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so I may be something of an expert on this topic. But I’ve never seen anything like what the Spurs have introduced for the Finals.

I mean, really? I thought it would tough to top my favorite food in San Antonio, the Frito Pie. According to Eater, this sandwich, called The 3-Pointer, has “three kinds of barbecued meat (pork, brisket, and sausage), three cheeses (“Texas Havarti,” muenster, and queso fresco), plus ‘Mexican Coca Cola Caramelized Onions’ and a choice of three barbecue sauces including a root beer barbecue sauce. Oh and also three pieces of Texas toast. $12.50.”

That actually seems like a pretty good deal for $12.50. I guess all that’s left is to wait for Matt Bonner’s review of the 3-Pointer.

(via TNLP)

The 2013-14 All Ball YOLO All-Stars


ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If there’s one thing I’ve learned from attending a dozen All-Star Weekends, it’s that at its core, All-Star Weekend is about the fans. The fans actually select the starting line-ups, and fans travel from near and far to hit up Jam Session and All-Star Saturday Night and the Rising Stars Challenge and, of course, all the parties.

In some broader sense, the All-Star Game is about recognizing the best players from each conference. Sure, there are a couple of rim-rattling dunks and the occasional long-range shot that falls. And if you’re lucky, really lucky, the game is close down the stretch, and then everyone’s competitive juices kick in and you might just get a memorable finale. The main purposes of most participants in the actual All-Star Game? They wear funky uniforms, get a little run in, hang out with their buddies, and then they go back to their own teams for the stretch run and the Playoffs.

But that’s not why I’m watching the All-Star Game. And I think most people tuning in or even attending All-Star are looking to have a similar question answered: Are we not entertained? No matter what the Fun Police tell you, at All-Star weekend, nobody is looking at efficiency stats or plus/minus ratings. We want to see Shaq playing point guard. We want to see Gilbert Arenas joining the Elvis impersonators and dunking off of a trampoline. Simply put: We want the All-Star Game — and the entire weekend, really — to be fun.

So you can argue all you want about who does and who doesn’t deserve to be named to the actual Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams. Instead, I present to you my annual YOLO All-Stars. (If you didn’t know, YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once.) These are the guys who deserve to be All-Stars based on my own vague All Ball Blog criteria. I considered all of the following elements: hilarity; social media proficiency; general swag; likelihood the player will do something memorable; dunking/dribbling/shooting ability; previous Shaqtin’ A Fool appearances; mentions on the All Ball Blog.

To be clear, those categories are listed in no particular order, with no importance or weight to any given specific category. These are just the players I think it would be fun to see in an All-Star Game. If we want to be entertained, these are the players that will give it to us. Meet your 2013-14 NBA YOLO All-Stars…

C – Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — Always a blast on Twitter, and a man who appreciates good humor.
F – Chris Bosh, Miami Heat — Will be in charge of all videobombing.
F – LeBron James, Miami Heat — Not only is he a force on Twitter, which is good enough to qualify for the YOLO All-Stars, but he’s also the reigning MVP, so that wins him an invite.
G – J.R. Smith, New York Knicks — In the YOLO All-Star Game, untying shoes will be encouraged.
G – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers — UNCLE DREW!

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks — The Greek Freak is perhaps the most unconventional athlete in the league, so you never know what he’s going to pull off next. He also loves smoothies, and with the All-Star Game being played in the newly-named Smoothie King Center, what could be more perfect?
Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors — One of my favorites on social media.
Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets — Eurostep!
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons — Will be in charge of Vine videos throughout the weekend.
Metta World Peace, New York Knicks — Still the best.
Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers — He may not have made the actual All-Star Game, but I can’t knock his hustle. Besides, he dunked on a ref, which is awesome.
Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards — Anyone with a pet snake named Snakey and a skeleton that rides a Segway is a lifetime YOLO All-Star.

C – Robin Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers — He’s a nerd and he’s proud of it.
F – Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves — We’ll have him making coffee for everyone.
F – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder — If LeBron is on the East, we might as well put KD on the West.
G – Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers — My favorite dribbler in the NBA.
G – James Harden, Houston Rockets — The beard is fun on its own, but Harden’s also made a heavy push into social media the last few years. Maybe he can perform at halftime.

Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers — You can’t have a YOLO game without Swaggy P.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers — Founder of #4BarFriday.
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies — Perhaps my favorite NBA player to challenge his team owner to a game of one-on-one.
Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs — Broken nose and all, Bonner is always entertaining.
Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors — Always a candidate to dunk on someone. Or to review an episode of “Breaking Bad.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings — Hard not to select someone who’s nickname is “Boogie.”
JaVale McGee, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Really the perfect player for this game.
Nate Robinson, Denver Nuggets (Injured) — Go long, Nate will throw you the pineapple.

So there’s my YOLO All-Stars. Who would you put on your YOLO All-Star team? Let us know below in the comments!

True Matt Bonner Fans Get A Matt Bonner Tattoo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen that San Antonio Spurs fans can be truly dedicated to their team, going so far as to get their favorite players cut into their hair. But getting a tattoo of Matt Bonner, a Spurs role player, takes true dedication to the man called the Red Mamba.

In the tweet above from Bonner’s Rock On Foundation, we see an image of a bearded Bonner spotting up for three, preserved in ink on someone’s arm. Matt’s brother Luke explained the image to Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog, noting that it’s on the skin of a barber originally from Bonner’s hometown of Concord, NH.

San Antonio Express News writer Dan McCarney got in touch with Bonner for his reaction on the tattoo…

Matt Bonner Wins Spurs Charity Gala

VIDEO: Tux N’ Tennies Recap

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — For the last 23 years, the San Antonio Spurs have hosted an annual charity gala called “Tux N’ Tennies.” The members of the Spurs dress up while rocking tennis shoes, and they mingle with fans while hosting an auction to raise money for the Silver & Black Give Back Foundation.

Part of the event involves the players getting on stage and performing various skits. If you watch the video above, you can check out a broad recap of the event. And if you watch the video below, you can see Matt Bonner‘s spot-on Andy Kaufman tribute, which was just tremendous…

VIDEO: Matt Bonner Does Andy Kaufman

(via HP)

Matt Bonner Is A Terrible Boss

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs forward Matt Bonner is having a busy summer. He’s already tried his best to convince us to eat carrots — and as an aside, the folks at Big Carrot sent me some of those seasoned baby carrots and they’re actually really good. Now, with his carrot pitching aside, Bonner is imagining what life would be like in a corporate atmosphere. His brother, Luke, works for GY&K Marketing, and they’re cooking up some sort of exchange program with the company’s CEO.

Which is how we now find Matt Bonner thinking what life would be like as the boss man of a big company. I wonder how much of his leadership style comes from Gregg Popovich?

(via PBT)

Matt Bonner Would Like You To Eat Baby Carrots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs F Matt Bonner knows a thing or two about food, specifically sandwiches. So who better than Bonner to extoll the virtues of Bolthouse Farms’ new “ShakeDowns”? There are apparently branded, seasoned baby carrots, and in the videos below, filmed recently, you can see that Matt Bonner really, really likes these seasoned baby carrots. (He also seems to dislike fake tans. But then, who doesn’t?)

Spurs Fans Get Spurs Players Shaved Into Their Hair

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER –There may be no greater way to show your devotion to your team than by having some sort of body art created of that team. And in San Antonio, where the Spurs rule everything around them, fans unsurprisingly embrace this fully.

As we saw last night, via Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, there was a Spurs fan at Game 3 with an image of Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili shaved into his head …


And as ESPN’s Darren Rovell also tweeted last night, there was another fan there with an image of Tim Duncan shaved into his dome … (more…)

Matt Bonner, Sandwich King

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs forward Matt Bonner is something of a born storyteller. Over the weekend in Miami, for instance, during Spurs media availability, I went over to Bonner because I wanted to ask him some questions about NBA Style. My tongue was fully implanted in cheek — Bonner, like most of the Spurs, generally dresses down; he wears New Balance on and off the court. But I also knew that Bonner has a great sense of humor, and I was hoping he would play along with my line of questioning and provide us with some fun, ironic content. How many flannel shirts does he own? Is it tough choosing between jeans and khakis? And on and on.

The only problem was that I wasn’t ever able to get Bonner to submit to my line of questioning, because he was pretty much surrounded by media for the entire session, as they listened to Bonner tell tales about the season he played in Italy before breaking into the NBA. I realized too late that I should have bonner_sh_1_100201_350had my tape recorder running, as Bonner told a long, involved story about having his head cut open during a game in Italy. The team doctor stitched up the wound, and it wasn’t until a week later as he was having the stitches removed that Bonner realized the doctor who’d sewn shut his head was actually a dentist. Bonner also shared a gripping tale about contracting a nasty virus — he suspected salmonella — and having a makeshift IV used to nurse him back to health.

It was also fun to hear Bonner talk about one of my favorite facets of Miami: The sandwiches. If you were looking for the staff during any of our down time, it was a good bet you would find us not on South Beach, but somewhere eating Cuban sandwiches.

As it were, Matt Bonner is something of a sandwich artist, and I do not mean that in the Subway way. As Bonner has traveled North America with the Spurs, he has faithfully chronicled his search for the “hoagie grail.”

When it comes to sandwiches, Matt Bonner means business. After all, this is a man who, after signing a long-term deal with the Spurs, pledged to splurge by ordering double meat on his sandwiches. And as he explained to the San Antonio Express News, while in Miami the last few days, South Florida’s Cuban sandwiches put a sparkle in his stomach:

“I ate so many Cuban sandwiches when I was at the University of Florida,” Bonner said. “There were this local spot called the Swamp and I use to eat one about once a week.”

Bonner said the simplicity of the pressed sandwich was what made it so good and so memorable.

“They are just delicious,” Bonner said. “That’s all you need to know. You don’t need to overcomplicate it.”

Speaking for my colleagues at, we stand with you on this one, Matt.