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San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner may have a rep as someone who is, ahem, parsimonious with his NBA millions – notoriously both eating Subway and riding the subway while a member of the Toronto Raptors years ago – but some would argue that Bonner is being more sensible than anything.
Case in point – after Bonner’s 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix recently bit the dust, and with Pontiac long having gone out of business and unable to offer a replacement, Matt was seen tooling around San Antonio in a classic Chevrolet El Camino last summer. Keen to stick with the Chevy brand, but needing something a little more modern and practical, Bonner has picked a new car for the 2013-14 season.
A tricked-out Denali? A fire-spitting ZR1 Corvette? Nah, Bonner is going with an Impala. And not the classic, six-figure type that Kobe Bryant likes to cruise in. A nice, 2014, Chevrolet Impala. From Dan McCarney at the San Antonio Express-News:
“Love it,” he said. “It’s completely remodeled. It’s American-made. You have to stay true to your roots, right? I tried an Audi. I tried an Infiniti. I looked into a BMW, some of the higher-end stuff. It just didn’t feel like me.
“The leg room is far superior, which is basically No. 1. No. 2, it has over 300 horse power, which is plenty for me. And it still gets 29 MPGs, which is pretty good for a mid-size model. It had all the same technology packages. It has ventilated seats. It’s very luxurious.”
Jokes aside, the newer version of the Impala are actually very good cars. This is coming from someone who has very keen memories of his family’s 1995 Impala SS, which featured a massive Corvette-engine that was eventually whittled down in subsequent years to make the Impala tamer and more Camry-like. I found that commitment to mediocrity to be a car crime of the highest order, but the new six-cylinder version of the Impala does offer over 300 brake horsepower, with all mod cons included.
That’s important to Bonner, who at 6-9 needs a bit of creature comfort as he navigates Texas between now and (hopefully, for Spurs fans) June.
A sound, sensible choice. Exactly what we want from the famous basketball players we follow.
(But seriously you’ll make nearly $4 million this year buy a damn Audi will ya??)