Spurs Forward Matt Bonner Blames 'Way Bigger' iPhone For Trashing His Three-Point Shooting Percentage

For most of his professional career, NBA player Matt Bonner has donned a San Antonio Spurs uniform. Including his first two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Bonner's been a reliable shooter, hitting over 46 percent of his shots over his career, including 41.4 percent from three-point land. That's pretty good for a center-forward, though he's coming off his worst shooting season of his 11-year career, and he blames the iPhone 6 for his woes.

If that's where the story stopped, you'd probably assume he spent too much time posting to Twitter and playing mobile games and not enough time practicing his jumper in the gym. However, that's now why he blames Apple's newest flagship device, at least not directly. Instead, he theorizes that the enlarged iPhone gave him tennis elbow, which in turn threw off his shot.

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"Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. 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," Bonner told Concord Monitor.

Yes, Bonner's serious, and he knows he'll catch some flak for his comments. Bonner also says he hates to make excuses, it wasn't how he was raised, "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."

It sounds funny, but according to Bonner, one of the strength and conditioning coaches for the Spurs suffered a similar injury after spending too much time playing a game on his phone. Bonner didn't say which phone the coach was using, nor did he clarify if he himself was using the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Either way, for all you three-point specialists out there, you now have a new excuse the next time you toss up more bricks than a mason factory.