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NBA star blames iPhone 6 for elbow injury

Technically Incorrect: Matt Bonner, a free agent who played last season with the San Antonio Spurs, believes that the iPhone 6's bigger size has hurt him and affected his shooting percentage.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Matt Bonner, the first case of Apple Elbow? Nicekicks/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

The San Antonio Spurs are normally a team of discipline.

They play as a true team and accept red-wine-loving coach Greg Popovich's cold-eye stares with something bordering on gratitude.

It's odd, then, that one of the team is whining about the iPhone 6. Matt Bonner, a large ginger-haired man who comes on and tries to shoot threes (disclosure: I am a Golden State Warriors fan), believes that the new iPhone has hurt him.

Speaking to the Concord Monitor, Bonner, an 11-year veteran of the NBA who is currently a free agent, explained his lower shooting percentage last year as being caused by tennis elbow (on his left, non-shooting elbow).

Bonner, now 35, offered a quote for the ages: "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."

I pause for sighs of sympathy from our audience.

I pause for some to complain that they could have been an NBA contender if it wasn't for Apple Elbow.

Thank you.

Some might now wish to observe is that if Bonner really thought his new iPhone was stretching his sinews, perhaps he might have thought of only using it with both hands. Or, perhaps, asking the team's athletic trainers for new finger exercises.

It seems he did, in fact, tell one of the team's strength and conditioning coaches about his problem, only to be told that the coach had suffered too after gaming too much on his phone.

Of course, it could be that Bonner was just amusing himself by amusing others with this story. How will we ever know?

It's certainly more amusing to take him at his word. What a first it would be if an iPhone 6 had been responsible for a team's fortunes.

In the NBA playoffs that recently concluded with the Warriors winning it all, the Spurs were surprisingly knocked out by the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the deciding game 7, Bonner played all of one second.