Bonner 'dancing in the street' after 3-point invite

Bonner 'dancing in the street' after 3-point invite
February 16, 2013, 6:33 am
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HOUSTON Matt Bonner has been waiting for this moment for well, forever.

And his response to finding out that he would be a participant in this year's 3-point shooting contest during all-star weekend said it all.

"I was on my front steps and I took my Iphone and chucked it in my neighbor's lawn, started dancing in the street," Bonner said.

Joining Bonner in the 3-point contest which will be played tonight at the Toyota Center, will be a pair of all-stars in Indiana's Paul George and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, along with Ryan Anderson of New Orleans, Stephen Curry of Golden State and Steve Novak of the New York Knicks.

It's hard to imagine any of the entrants are more excited to be in the competition than Bonner who has been among the NBA's better 3-point shooters for a number of years.

The Granite state native is currently ranked fifth in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (44.6) and has shot 41.7 percent on 3s for his career which ranks 13th on the NBA's all-time leaders list.

His consistency certainly was a factor in him finally getting an invite to the contest.

It didn't hurt that he got a little help from social media, either.

His younger brother Luke Bonner, a former UMass-Amherst basketball player, set a social media campaign in motion that seemed to generate some buzz on what has been a long overdue invite for his older brother who acknowledges that social media is not his thing ... until now.

"Throughout the process, I learned what a hashtag is," Matt Bonner said. "What it is to like someone on Facebook."

Although he has been part of championship teams in San Antonio, winning the 3-point shooting contest would certainly rank high among his greatest NBA achievements.

And on the eve of the event, Bonner had a message for the folks back home in his home state of New Hampshire.

"For everybody back home in New Hampshire, thanks for your support," Bonner said. "I'm going to go out there and do my best to win it and make the Granite state proud."