To all due respect to Nate Burleson’s pizza-related car crash or Rory McIlroy’s Saturday “soccer kickabout,” it seems we might have a new frontrunner for the weirdest sports injury of all time: Matt Bonner’s iPhone Elbow.
Last season, the San Antonio Spurs’ vet connected on 36.5 percent of his 3-pointers (his bread and butter), which just so happened to be his worst mark since 2007-08. He was even worse for the Spurs in their first-round playoff exit, and saw his minutes dwindle to practically nothing because of it.
That’s not exactly the greatest of combinations for a 35 year old heading into NBA free agency.
But have no fear! Bonner isn’t worried about this potentially being the end of the road for him. Turns out, he’s got a perfectly reasonable explanation for his down year: an injury to his left elbow – not his moneymaker, but, hey, you try knocking ’em down from 22 feet with a bum wing – that made him wince with pain whenever he caught the ball. And just in case you’re wondering, no, Bonner’s not laughing about it.
“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,” Bonner told the Concord 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.”
Yup, that’s an 11-year NBA veteran blaming his injury on having to adjust to a bigger iPhone, or perhaps angling for a Samsung sponsorship. And you thought you lived a tough life.