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Matt Bonner wants to shoot in Three-Point Contest. Let him.

Feb 4, 2013, 11:35 AM EDT

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Matt Bonner is shooting 42.7 percent from three-point range this year, which is just a notch above his career average of 41.5 percent. While his role is shrinking with the Spurs he still has one — he is a stretch four, a big you have to cover all the way out to the arc. You know when the matchup is right Gregg Popovich doesn’t hesitate — he trusts Bonner.

But the move afoot online is to #LetBonnerShoot.

Fans have taken to twitter to get the sandwich-loving red head into the All-Star weekend Three Point Contest.

And Bonner himself wrote at SLAM he’d be honored to participate.

Since I grew up in New England worshipping Larry Bird, I fantasize of some day winning on the final “money ball”. I’d then pay homage to my childhood hero by walking off the court with my index finger held high in the air…short shorts and all. Of course, I realize that even if I were picked, the chances of that scenario actually playing out are about as good as Deer Tick’s chances of winning a Grammy this year (which they should!). Alas, a man can dream.

As of yet, I have never been selected for the Three-Point Contest. I’ve come close a few times, I think. I theorize that the red hair and New Balances are killing my chances.

Who doesn’t want to see that happen?

Well, not so much Bonner in the short-shorts, maybe we should talk him off that ledge. But why not him in the contest?

These twitter pushes to see a player in the dunk contest or some other event have met with mixed results. But this is a fit — Bonner is a three-point shooter, and the game is in his team’s state. All-Star weekend should be about letting the fans see what they want, and if that is Bonner launching threes, then why not?

  1. scalfor3 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Deer Tick lol Bonner isn’t just the whitest dude in the NBA, he might be the whitest dude on the planet

  2. timb12 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    New Balance sneakers?! This man clearly cares about support.

  3. jturbo1402003 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I don’t care if he makes contest or not but my man JJ Redick definetly deserves to be in his first 3 or contest as he is balling for the Magic this yr having a career yr while shooting a great % from beyond the arc himself.

  4. savvybynature - Feb 4, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    He’s a good dude who represents the NBA well and has a goofy personality that he, and fans, embrace. Most importantly, he is a career 42% three-point shooter. Why not?


  5. kavika6 - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    If clowns like Kevin Love are allowed to shoot in the past why not Bonner? I don’t follow the Timberwolves closely but until he was in the three point contest I didn’t even know he could hit a 3. Anyone can get hot on a particular day but Bonner is very well known around the league to be a major 3 point marksman throughout his career. Let Bonner shoot.

  6. damp1015 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Matt, Reddick or whoever else is entering are not winning. If the NBA approves, Steve Novak will take it this year. And look for James White for Dunk Champion!!

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