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San Antonio Spurs fans have initiated an online, social media campaign to get Matt Bonner, also known as the "Red Rocket," to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend’s Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout.
Many casual fans may be unaware of who Bonner is -- unless their team becomes victim to his accuracy at the three-point line. Look at his stats: ranked 12th in all-time and currently first in the league in three point percentage, even though he averages playing just over 11 minutes a game. The efficiency rate is "wicked" (as New England-er Bonner would say), making him a true specialist.
What’s hurting his chances? I would say name recognition, and even team recognition. As I wrote earlier this week, the San Antonio Spurs’ national coverage and attention is minimal compared to its winning record.
As one writer/fan on Spurs Nation perfectly pointed out,
He might not be the best player on the court, but you can't deny he plays hard when he's out there and the fans see that. Some may question that Bonner's mechanics and untraditional technique for shooting isn't primed for the event, but it seems his supporters just want to see Bonner given a pat on the back for something he's good at during the season.
And after weeks of tweeting, posting, lobbying and general whining: the NBA has heard the fans and announced on Thursday night that Bonner will compete All Star Weekend.