TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
 
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MATT BONNER WANTS TO BE CANADIAN
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By all rights, former Toronto Raptor and current San Antonio Spur Matt Bonner should be playing for Team Canada. Bonner loves the country, he lives in Toronto in the off-season with his beautiful Beaches wife Nadia, and he’s an NBA champion. The problem: Bonner’s a born Yankee and the citizenship process is slow, even for an upstanding guy like himself.

Bonner, in Toronto this weekend to promote the NBA’s 3X tournament, reiterated his ongoing desire to be a Canuck.

“It’s been over three years,” says Bonner, of the bureaucratic marathon. “I love it here, and it’s important for me to get my Canadian citizenship and contribute to the country.”

And Bonner is a true Canadian. Consider his nickname, the Red Rocket. Most Spurs fans think it refers to Bonner’s ginger genetics — and they are partly right — but fans in Canada know that it actually refers to his cheapskate habit of taking the TTC to the Air Canada Centre when he was a Raptor. And he prefers Mr. Sub over Subway — take that, Uncle Sam!

Our senior men’s basketball team needs Bonner too. We didn’t make it to London this year, but all eyes are set on 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Currently, Canada has an army of young players coming up through the high school and college systems. Optimists think we’ll be able to compete with the Americans in a few years. And Steve Nash has listed the country’s young talent as the primary reason for taking the job as Team Canada’s new general manager. Bonner’s veteran leadership would be invaluable to the team.

But we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully Jason Kenney is a hoops fan.

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