Found September 16, 2013 on Project Spurs:
You know a coach is well respected, when you can see and witness how far a person’s influence impacts another.  San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner, who has one of the most deadliest three-point shots in the league, knows a lot about assistant coach Chip Engelland. Engelland, who has helped improved player's shooting stroke for many years, is credited as one of the best shooting coaches in the NBA. Something Bonner is sure to know about. Bonner,, while in the Philippines for the NBA Fit program, was asked to discuss his relationship with Engelland and he spoke well of how he helped Bonner and other Spurs’ players with their shooting from both the free throw line and beyond the arc.  Via Philstar.com: “As assistant coach, Chip dabbles in everything,” said Bonner. “Shooting is his biggest role. I consider myself pretty close to him. We work on shooting and preparing for a game. He’ll go over game plans, personnel stuff, what I should focus on and strategies. Chip’s a great guy, I really like him. Last year, he helped out Tiago (Splitter) on his free throw shooting and he improved tremendously. When Richard Jefferson was with the Spurs, Chip transformed him from a mid-30 percent to a mid-40 percent three-point shooter. He knows what he’s talking about.” He also discussed the near future for the Spurs’ title hopes and his role in particular. "I have no idea what my role will be because it’s always evolving. I go through periods where I’m playing 25 to 30 minutes then I’m not getting in the game then sometimes, I start. What I do, it depends on what the team needs, if some guys are hurt or there’s a matchup advantage or if key players need rest, then I’ll be ready to play lots of minutes or sit on the bench. All my drills are game-specific, how I get my shots off in a game, picking and popping or just spotting up, maybe I’ll take one or two dribbles, make a pass or do a floater if I don’t have the shot outside.” He believes that Spurs still have a two year window for “the Big 3” of Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker.  Health of the team will basically decide how much longer the current version of the team will be among the NBA elite. “Tim’s one of those timeless players,” he said. “To me, his game doesn’t diminish with his age as long as he’s healthy. The reasons why he’s good are fundamentals, his skill set and basketball IQ – these things don’t diminish with age. He’ll be the player for how ever long he wants to play. Manu’s getting older but he just signed a new two-year deal. Tony is younger than both of them so I expect the Big Three to continue playing with the Spurs at least two more years." For Bonner individually, an increased focus on the defensive end could help in reducing the roller coaster swings in his playing minutes.  He is a great asset beyond the arc, but without an offensive mismatch or if the shot isn’t falling his lack of presence on defense costs him critical minutes at the end of games.  He would have been a great to play against Dwayne Wade as opposed to having Splitter chasing him around. So Spurs’ fans, do you believe that an increased focus on defense would yield Bonner more playing time?
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Chip Engelland: PBA Superstar

As the old adage says, never judge a book by its cover because you never know what is underneath.    Looking at San Antonio Spurs' Chip Engelland one would think he would be a great basketball Xs and Os specialist on Coach Gregg Popovich’s staff. In actuality, a look in to Engelland’s past reveals that he has been around some of the greatest basketball minds in...

Stephen Jackson explains how his hands ended up around Steve Francis’ neck

Remember last week I showed you video of former Spur Stephen Jackson grabbing ex-NBA player Steve Francis by the throat. Stak5 appeared on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” and was asked, what caused him to choke up Stevie Franchise.   According to Jackson: “We wasn’t never cool. I don’t hang with him. I don’t call him. We’ve never been in the same circles. It was too...

Spurs' Buford at EuroBasket 2013

When it comes to find international scouting, the San Antonio Spurs are the cream of the crop. From finding players such as Tony Parker to Manu Ginobili, the Spurs have proven over and over they have a knack for finding basketball talent in all corners of the globe. And with EuroBasket 2013 underway in Slovenia, it is no surprise to find San Antonio's GM R.C. Buford in...

Because You Want To Know Why Stephen Jackson Choked Out Steve Francis In The Club

Without a shadow of a doubt, Stephen Jackson is considered a bonafide legend around these parts. From being an integral cog to the 2003 San Antonio Spurs championship run, to going into the crowd during the “Malice at the Palace” to stick up for his victimized teammate Ron Artest (you damn beer thrower fan you) […]The post Starting Lineups: Because You Want To Know Why Stephen...

Tracy McGrady Says He Would’ve Won A Title In Toronto

NBA Championship-less Tracy McGrady officially retired from the NBA last month and it appears looking back on his career he would’ve changed some things. “In hindsight, looking back, obviously I wish I had stayed in Toronto,” McGrady said in a recent interview with the Star. “There’s no doubt we could have contended for a championship.” In think McGrady may be looking...

Sean Marks To Join Spurs' Coaching Staff

Sean Marks will move to the San Antonio Spurs' bench to complete Gregg Popovich's coaching staff. Marks has worked in the Spurs' front office over the past two seasons. The Spurs also hired Jim Boylen, losing Mike Budenholzer and Brett Bowen to the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively. Marks was part of the Spurs' championship team in 2005.

Tottenham Striker Defoe Condemns AVB’s Decision To Banish Adebayor To Reserve Side

Emmanuel Adebayor with Spurs teammate Jermaine Defoe Spurs forward Jermaine Defoe has questioned manager Andre Villas Boas’ decision to force Emmanuel Adebayor to train with the reserve side of the English club. Villas-Boas revealed last week that the striker would not be working with the first-team squad after his return from compassionate leave yesterday, which was granted following...

Former NBA player Tracy McGrady is turned off by knuckleheads in the league right now

Tracy McGrady announced his retirement less than a month ago.  He is definitely on his way to the Basketball Hall of Fame.  With his playing days now behind him, McGrady [...]

Grant Hill Retired Too...

When Tracy McGrady retired on August 26th, the sports world seemed to notice and I had no problem with any of it. McGrady, though an elite talent, ran the risk of slipping through the cracks of history by never really becoming a winner. His legacy, Hall of Fame candidacy, and overall career are well worth the ink. But McGrady wasn’t the only important player to hang’em...

In conclusion of 2nd round at Eurobasket, France falls to Serbia

After scoring over 100 points on Friday in a win over Latvia, the French National team couldn't put together the same scoring performance Sunday against Serbia, as Les Bleus fell 77-65 to conclude the second round in Group E of the 2013 Eurobasket Championship in Slovenia. Though France already clinched a birth in the Quarter-Finals, Sunday they could never break through...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.