Bonner's automotive tales a highlight of the day
Yeah, slept in a bit today, sorry folks.
Matt Bonner slays me.
You should have seen him sitting there yesterday entertaining the masses talking about the Spurs, the three-point shooting contest, life in general.
And his car.
Oh yeah, his car.
In our breathless pursuit of inside information you can’t get from just anywhere – and probably don’t need – we can dutifully report Matt’s still tooling around San Antonio in his 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Yeah, that’s the kind of chatter you get standing around 90 minutes of media availability and watching the world’s reporters go to work. It’s a zoo, a total zoo and it’s simply hard to get anything too, too good.
The best conversation I heard about – it was at the rookie-sophomore media session and I wasn’t there – was when a reporter from Ireland wandered up to Cleveland’s Tyler Zeller and asked:
“People tell me you’re a taller, better looking version of me. What do you think?”
Yeah, really, that’s what it’s like.
Anyway back to Matt …
“I’m still driving it right now. My wife is threatening to push it off a cliff because the thing’s falling apart … It runs fine, I took it for a tune-up last month, the guy said she’s running good, she’ll be good for another 60 to 90,000 miles.”
Of course, someone then asks him whether the car is some kind of good luck charm (I’m telling ya, we’re a pack of global Woodward and Bernsteins here).
"I don’t know about a good luck charm but the seat is perfectly molded to my body; I’ll never find another car seat as comfortable as my Pontiac Grand Prix.”
About then, I half expected a Pontiac Grand Prix executive to come out and give Matt his royalty cheque.
Hang on a sec!!!!
Why doesn’t Matt Park a Pontiac Grand Prix in the lane during tonight’s three-point shooting contest? How cool would that be.
Alicia Keys might be good enough to keep me in the arena at halftime tomorrow night instead of walking upstairs seeking fresh air.
Yes, the media contingent here runs to all the extremes.
Overheard this conversation between a couple of credential wearing folks in the elevator at the hotel after the Friday night shenanigans.
“What did you think of what Harden was wearing?”
“I thought the OKC guys were just trying to out-do each other.”
“Are camo pants good?”
“No, especially the skinny ones.”
And here I thought I’d hear trade rumours and basketball talk.
Speaking of …
Yes, there has been chatter about Bargnani-Boozer around here but I’m not sure if it’s just people catching up the first one or what.
But my information remains as it was a week or so ago, there is no interest in taking on either Boozer or his more-costly contract.
Man, I can’t wait for Thursday at 3:00.01.
I have a lot to do but there’s always room for me; imagine I’ll just put a couple mail bags together and they’ll pop up through the weekend, if that’s okay.
Speaking of trades …
There isn’t a lot out there right now, even in little private chats with folks here and the big reason is there aren’t too many general managers around this weekend.
There used to be a competition committee meeting on all-star weekend and you couldn’t turn around without running to some major decision maker on the Thursday or the Friday.
This year? No meeting, little chatter, minor rumblings.
Of course, there are those who are sure Dwight Howard’s getting dealt, many think Josh Smith might be on the move and others who think it’ll be a boring week.
Me? I have nothing close to firm enough to type right now and can’t imagine anything comes up the rest of the weekend.
Oh yeah, yes, we’ll get together for an IGBT on Sunday night but tonight I’ll have a lot to do with a Stern thing at 7, Bonner and Ross so the evening will be other work.
There is one piece of somewhat nasty business that’ll take place here today. The players association may try to fire its boss.
My man Asch has all the details here far better than I can lay them out for you but it is a bit of ugliness that could very well have long-term repercussions depending on who eventually takes over and how the union emerges from this mess.
Matt Bonner’s on the executive board and, in a moment of seriousness on Friday afternoon mentioned the public perception of the union could very well be at an all-time low.
“Obviously, from a PR standpoint, nobody wants to damage the union from our side, it’s unfortunate when things go public like that but I don’t think it’s been anything that hasn’t been communicated from both sides.
“Our goal is to move the union forward, we don’t want to cause any more damage to ourselves, our constituency, to the players.”
The one thing that gets me about this whole mess is that the players seem to have known for a while that there were troubling issues but had very little taste for finding out just how deep they went and how serious they truly were.
And I know it’s a bit Pollyanna-ish but wouldn’t you think that with so much at stake and some much money involved, that more players would be more interested in what a union leadership was doing?
And if they don’t care, don’t you think their agents would be telling them to?
Look, this isn’t going to have any significant impact on the game on the court right now and that’s all that should matter to fans. But it’s a telling story, indeed.