San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner has an odd explanation for the elbow injury that hurt his stats in the 2014-15 season.
Bonner played 71 games last year, his most in six seasons, but his overall field goal percentage fell to a career-low 40.9% and his three-point percentage fell to 36.5% compared to his career average of 41.4%.
In an interview with the Concord Monitor, Bonner says he suffered through a bad case of tennis elbow as a result of the bigger iPhone 6 screen:
“You’re about to get an exclusive here. 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. 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.”
For some people, the larger iPhone 6 screen is frustrating, but Bonner is six-foot-ten and would presumably have big enough hands to operate the phone.
Bonner, however, doesn’t seem too worried about it, saying, “I really don’t want to say that’s why my percentage dipped, but I’m not too worried about it. I know I can still shoot.”
Bonner is a free agent this summer and said he’s hoping to re-sign with the Spurs.
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