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Encyclopedia > Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
Position Forward
Nickname Red Rocket
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 249 lb (113 kg)
Team San Antonio Spurs
Nationality USA
Born April 5, 1980 (1980-04-05) (age 27)
Flag of New Hampshire Concord, New Hampshire
College Florida
Draft 2nd round, 45th overall, 2003
Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams Sicilia Messina (2003-2004)
Toronto Raptors (2004-2006)

Matthew (Matt) Robert Bonner (born April 5, 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire) is an American professional basketball player currently with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... Red Rocket may refer to: A nickname for basketball player Matt Bonner Red Rocket 7, a comic book series. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Hampshire. ... Location in Merrimack County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Merrimack County Incorporated 1733  - City Manager Thomas J. Aspell, Jr. ... Official language(s) English Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Area  Ranked 46th  - Total 9,350 sq mi (24,217 km²)  - Width 68 miles (110 km)  - Length 190 miles (305 km)  - % water 4. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The 2003 NBA Draft logo The 2003 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2003 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The 2003-04 NBA season is the 58th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Pallacanestro Messina, also known for sponsorship reasons as Sicilia Messina was an Italian professional basketball team from the town of Messina. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Location in Merrimack County, New Hampshire Coordinates: Country United States State New Hampshire County Merrimack County Incorporated 1733  - City Manager Thomas J. Aspell, Jr. ... This article is about the sport. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ...


Standing 6'10" at 240 lb, Bonner was drafted out of the University of Florida by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round of the 2003 NBA Draft and then traded to the Toronto Raptors. While playing for the Florida Gators, Bonner amassed 1,570 points 778 rebounds and 165 three pointers and finished his career ranked in the top 10 in six categories. Bonner graduated from Florida with a 3.96 GPA and was named the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003.[1] [1] The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The 2003 NBA Draft logo The 2003 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2003 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... Florida Gators is the team name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... The initials GPA can refer, among other things, to Grade Point Average; see Grade (education) Guinness Peat Aviation General Practice Australia, a private, independent medical accreditation society Greyhound Pets of America This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same...


Toronto recognized the future potential in Bonner but did not have a roster position available. Bonner was asked to spend a year in Europe honing his skills with a verbal promise to give him a shot at making the team in 2004.


After signing with Sicilia Messina of the Italian league based in Messina, Sicily, 2003 proved to be a harrowing year for Bonner. Bonner survived a 104.5 degree Fahrenheit fever brought on by a bout of salmonella (treated by the team dentist) most likely caused by a lack of running hot water in his apartment. Sicilia had filed for bankruptcy in the middle of the season and had stopped paying its players. Bonner's heat and electricity were shut off and he was given two eviction notices. Despite half the team leaving, Bonner stuck it out and finished the year averaging 19.2 points and 9.3 rebounds [2]. Pallacanestro Messina, also known for sponsorship reasons as Sicilia Messina was an Italian professional basketball team from the town of Messina. ... Lega A Basket logo In Italian Basketball, the Serie A is the highest level club competition where play determines the national champion. ... Sicily ( in Italian and Sicilian) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,708 km² (9,926 sq. ... Species S. enterica This article is about the bacteria. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ...


High school career

Matt Bonner attended Concord High School in his home town. Concord High School is a high school in Concord, New Hampshire in the United States. ...


NBA career

Matt Bonner signing autographs at the Air Canada Centre, 2005.

Bonner signed with the Raptors during the 2004-05 NBA season, averaging 7.2 points per game whilst playing all 82 contests. Matt received the nickname "Red Rocket" during the same season due to the fact that he has red hair and was constantly sighted on the public transit in Toronto, the TTC, whose streetcars are red and slogan is 'Ride the Rocket'. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1137x852, 441 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors User:Chensiyuan Matt Bonner Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1137x852, 441 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Toronto Raptors User:Chensiyuan Matt Bonner Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transport authority that operates buses, streetcars, subways, and rapid transit lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ...


Matt Bonner's first prominent moment as a Raptor occurred on December of 2004 during an exciting game at the Air Canada Centre. Extending for a rebound, he knocked all-star Kevin Garnett from behind, sending him sprawling to the ground prompting the two players to get into a heated exchange. The crowd chanted "Bonner, Bonner" as he was ejected from the game. This immediately established Matt as a fan favourite with Raptors fans rallying behind Bonner. North Entrance Atrium. ... Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ...


In the 2005-06 season Bonner played 78 games averaging 7.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game and shot 44.8% from the field. He ranked 14th in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage, and was one of the first players the Raptors looked to for three-point shots. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2007 In basketball, a three-point field goal, three-pointer, three-point shot, or simply three is a field goal made from beyond the three point line, a designated semi-ellipsoid arc radiating from the basket. ...


On June 21, 2006, Bonner was traded with Eric Williams and a second round pick in the 2006 NBA Draft to the San Antonio Spurs for Radoslav Nesterovic and cash considerations. Eric C. Williams (born July 17, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player formerly with the National Basketball Associations Charlotte Bobcats. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Radoslav Nesterovič, usually referred to in English as Rasho Nesterovic (born May 30, 1976), is a professional basketball player currently with the NBAs Toronto Raptors. ...


While with the Spurs in the 2006-07 season, Bonner played in 56 games averaging 4.9 points per game in 11.7 minutes per game. The team went on to win the NBA Championship and Bonner received his championship ring in a ceremony on October 30, 2007 prior to a game, that they won, against the Portland Trailblazers. The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a National Basketball Association team based in Portland, Oregon. ...


Trivia

  • Among Bonner's favorite food is a Mr. Sub smoked turkey breast submarine sandwich with mayo and mustard on whole wheat.[2]
  • During high school Matt was a fan of professional wrestling and was a big fan of Ric Flair.[citation needed]
  • In Matt's first year at the University of Florida, he earned the nickname "Ramrod " from his teammates due to his red hair. [citation needed]
  • Bonner bought his car, a white Pontiac Grand Prix, in New Hampshire to avoid paying sales tax.[3]
  • Bonner chose a white Pontiac Grand Prix because it had good leg room and decent gas mileage.[4]
  • Bonner, a classroom nerd, recieved only one B in his scholastic career after bombing a chemistry exam in 2002. [5]

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Matt Bonner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (530 words)
Bonner graduated from Florida with a 3.96 GPA and was named the Verizon Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of basketball in both 2002 and 2003 [1][2].
Bonner survived a 104.5 degree temperature brought on by a bout of salmonella (treated by the team dentist) most likely caused by a lack of running hot water in his apartment.
Matt received the nickname "Red Rocket" during the same season in which he was constantly sighted upon Public transit in Toronto which is better known as "Riding the Red Rocket" due to the Red Streetcars.
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