Have you ever wanted something so bad that you’ll do anything to make it happen, only no matter what you do, it won’t come true? We’ve all been there, and it’s the most frustrating thing in the world.
And it’s exactly how Matt Bonner must feel about becoming a Canadian. From the Toronto Sun:
The fact Bonner, a former member of the Toronto Raptors and current forward with the San Antonio Spurs, has been unsuccessful in procuring his Canadian citizenship, despite getting the ball rolling back in 2008, upsets Rautins to no end.
“It’s very frustrating,” the head coach said on Tuesday, after a Team Canada practice at Ryerson University. “I see a lot of Canadians who are less Canadian than Matt Bonner. His daughter’s Canadian. His wife’s Canadian. His grandfather’s Canadian. He’s got a home here. When he’s not playing for the San Antonio Spurs, he’s here (in Toronto).”
“More Canadian than a lot of Canadians” seems like a pretty good description for Matt Bonner. In fact, I’d bet that between the beard and his stint with the Raptors, at least 50 percent of casual basketball fans assume Bonner is Canadian. That should count for something.
But, as I have recently found out, becoming Canadian is not as easy as going to the border, telling the authorities that you like that their Taco Bells serve supreme fries and being allowed to enter the country with full Canadian rights. It is way more complicated than that, even if all you want to do is become Canadian so that you can play for the national basketball team or write for the best blog in the world, according to Time Magazine.
And really, doesn’t it seem like adding Bonner to the Canadian team is a good enough reason to push his citizenship through? They haven’t medaled in international competition since 2001′s FIBA Americas Championship, so they need the help. And it’s not like there are a bunch of 6-foot-10 sharpshooters wandering undiscovered through the Yukon Territory, because if there were, Mantracker surely would have found them. That guy doesn’t miss a trick.
(via Dan Devine)