Matt Bonner, aka the Red Mamba, has been a very good marksman throughout his 11-year career. However, the then-San Antonio Spurs center struggled shooting the basketball this past season.
Luckily for him, he appears to know what was behind it.
Bonner, a career 46.3 percent shooter, shot just 40.9 percent from the field in 2014-15. Even his three-point shooting (36.5 percent) was about 5 percent lower than his career average.
Apparently, the Red Mamba had developed an arm injury that affected his release. The cause of the malady, which the unrestricted free agent revealed to the Concord Monitor's Tim O'Sullivan, is so 2015:
You’re about to get an exclusive here. I hate to make excuses, I was raised to never make excuses, but I went through a two-and-a-half month stretch where I had really bad tennis elbow, and during that stretch it made it so painful for me to shoot I’d almost be cringing before I even caught the ball like, ‘Oh, this is going to kill.’
Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it. 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.
Bonner may want to go back to the iPhone 5—or perhaps even a flip phone. No device is worth risking injury and potentially costing a professional athlete a lot of money.
[h/t NBC on Yahoo Sports]