The San Antonio Spurs were part of the American Basketball Association in the 1970s, and so was the three-point shot, made from a half-circle 23 feet and 9 inches away from the basket. In April 2013, the Spurs began the playoffs by sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers, a championship-winning stalwart of the old NBA, and a key to that victory was the three-point shooting of Concord’s Matt Bonner.
Bonner, a power forward, was described as “the best basketball player ever produced in the state, let alone the city,” by Allen Lessels in the Concord Historical Society’s Crosscurrents of Change: Concord, N.H., in the 20th Century. When he played for Concord High, the big redhead scored 2,459 points, more than any other Class L player, and the Crimson Tide won three state titles. Bonner went on to play for the University of Florida and the NBA. Bonner got few playing minutes during the Spurs’ regular season but contributed big-time in the playoffs, leading the bench with 29 minutes.
In an April 26 article, The New York Times reported that Bonner’s specialty, the three-point shot, has become an exciting element of the modern game. Reporter John Branch called the drained 3-pointer an “exclamation point … as crowd-provoking as a dunk, but worth 50 per cent more on the scoreboard.”
John Branch’s New York Times article on three-point shots is here.