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NBA forward blames bigger iPhones for wrecking his shooting percentage

"You have to stretch further to hit the buttons."

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Matt Bonner has achieved a 41.4 percentage on three-point shots during his 11-year NBA career, but during his last season with the San Antonio Spurs, he only managed to reach 36.5 percent. What happened? Well, Apple released bigger iPhones, and Bonner thinks this gave him tennis elbow.

"Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here's my theory on how I got it," Bonner tells the Concord Monitor. "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."

"It made it so painful for me to shoot."

Bonner's injury to his left (non-shooting) elbow lasted from early December to the All-Star break in February, a period in which his three-point percentage plummeted to 32.4 percent. "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,'" he says. For the rest of the season, he shot 42.8 percent. Bonner claims that one of the Spurs' coaches admitted that he, too, had suffered a similar injury due to playing an unnamed mobile game too much.

It's not known whether Bonner, currently a free agent, was using the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, nor how many other NBA players upgraded to a new iPhone last season.