NBA's Matt Bonner blames his injury on his iPhone 6 Plus

Posted Jul 7, 2015 by Michael Thomas
Matt Bonner, who has played for the San Antonio Spurs for nine years, says his two-and-a-half-month battle with tennis elbow last season can be blamed on his iPhone.
Matt Bonner takes on Trevor Brooker during a Spurs vs. Wizards game on February 5  2014.
Matt Bonner takes on Trevor Brooker during a Spurs vs. Wizards game on February 5, 2014.
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Specifically, he blames the iPhone 6 Plus, the largest phone Apple has ever made.
A profile in the Concord Monitor of Matt Bonner, currently an NBA free agent, had an "exclusive" relating to Bonner's tennis elbow problem during the 2014-2015 NBA season.
Bonner had a case of tennis elbow on his left (non-shooting) arm from December up until February, which saw a double-digit drop in his shooting numbers. Before and after his injury he shot a respectable 42.8 percent from the three-point line, but while injured that dropped to 32.4 percent.
While acknowledging some might find funny his theory on how the injury developed, he told the Monitor: “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.”
Apparently he's not the only one in the Spurs organization who thinks his large iPhone might have been the culprit. One of Bonner's strength and conditioning coaches said he often saw Bonner playing an iPhone game.
As Mashable explains, it might be prudent for Bonner to use an iPhone 6 Plus feature called Reachability, which is accessed with a double-tap on the home-screen button. Doing so will move the entire row of apps closer to the bottom of the screen to alleviate the need to stretch out fingers.
Bonner previously played with the Toronto Raptors before his extended stint with the Spurs. During his time in Toronto, he earned the nickname "Red Rocket" both for his red hair and his frequent usage of the TTC, Toronto's transit system — which is also sometimes referred to as the Red Rocket.
Bonner said he hopes to return to the Spurs for this upcoming NBA season.