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Matt Bonner really wants to be a Canadian citizen

Aug 30, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

Lori Ewing of the Toronto Globe and Mail has the story:

More than two years into his quest for Canadian citizenship, Matt Bonner remains grounded by red tape.

So the former Toronto Raptors forward will have to watch with fingers crossed as Canada’s men’s basketball team bids this week for a berth in the 2012 London Olympics. And then he can only hope he receives his passport in time to suit up next summer if the Canadians do qualify.

“I’m just kind of waiting and hoping,” Bonner said in a phone interview. “It’s just one of those things. It’s hard to talk about because it’s kind of a bummer for me. I just wish it would go through so I could represent the country.”

The Spurs forward, who played for the Raptors from 2004 to 2006, calls Canada his home in the off-season, and his wife and daughter are both Canadian. Bonner would like to play for the Canadian national team as soon as possible, and says that he plans on living in Canada after he retires from basketball, so hopefully he will be able to get his passport sometime in the near future.

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