'Just started dancing': Bonner stoked for three-point shootout


by Freddy Hunt / Kens5.com


Posted on February 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 11:28 AM

HOUSTON -- Matt Bonner was practically glowing while taking questions from the media at the NBA All-Star Weekend.

He was either glowing or -- as his teammates suggest -- he's just super nervous.

Bonner, who has maintained one of the league's highest 3-point percentage for years, was invited to the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for the first time ever.

But once again, he wasn't expected to go. And most NBA fans wouldn't even know about this 3-point skills if it weren't for his brother, Luke Bonner, and a Twitter campaign that demanded to #LetBonnerShoot.

The 6-foot-10 forward finally got an invite after the campaign exploded with support from fans, NBA players, politicians and even some of Bonner's favorite bands.

Like most Spurs fans, Bonner was delightfully surprised when he heard he was heading to Houston.

"I was on my front steps and I think I took my iPhone and chucked it into my neighbor's lawn and just started dancing in the street," he said. "Luckily, no one called the cops on me."

Coach Gregg Popovich and teammates Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, who were invited to All-Star Weekend, couldn't help but grin when asked how they think Bonner will perform.

"He's already nervous that he's going to be nervous," Duncan said. "But he's excited and it's been years coming and he deserves to be there. He's deserved to be there for a couple years now, and I just hope he doesn't go out there and shoot the first four of them air balls."

Parker said about the same thing.

"I think he's going to be super nervous, knowing Matty," He said. "Because he's been waiting for that for like five years. You know when your excited that much, I just hope he's not going to blow it. But you know, I got confidence."

The Three-Point Contest starts at 8:30 p.m. CST Saturday. For the first year ever, the contest is a team competition. Bonner is representing the West along with Ryan Anderson, of New Orleans; and Stephen Curry, of Golden State. The East is represented by Paul George, of Indiana; Kyrie Irving, of Cleveland; and Steve Novak, of New York.