Bonner credits former PH player for improved shooting

By Dennis Gasgonia,

Posted at Sep 07 2013 08:51 PM | Updated as of Sep 08 2013 05:03 AM

Coach Arthur “Chip” Engelland -- Wikipedia

MANILA, Philippines – San Antonio Spurs gunner Matt Bonner credited former Philippine team player Arthur “Chip” Engelland for helping him tweak his shooting skills for the Spurs.

Bonner, who is currently in Manila for the NBA Cares and NBA FIT, is the 2011 NBA three-point field goal percentage leader with .457%.

He was surprised to hear that Engelland, who now works for the Spurs as a shooting coach, used to play for the Philippine team in the 1980s.

“Chip Engelland played here? That’s awesome. I can't wait to get back and ask him about it,” Bonner said following a basketball clinic he conducted in Ortigas on Friday.

The 6’10” American is known for his accuracy from the three point area, which is something uncommon for a power forward-center.

Bonner said Engelland helped him tweak his shooting form a bit.

“He's helping me from time to time with my shots,” he said. “He's smart, and if you’re already a good shooter, he’s not gonna do anything to mess it up. But he’s actually helped me widen my stance to get more balance in my shots.”

Engelland, who was once part of the San Miguel Beer team (Northern Cement Consolidated) that won the William Jones Cup in 1985, was also known for his shooting prowess.

He was nicknamed “The Machine Gun” because of his marksmanship. During San Miguel’s 1985 Jones Cup conquest, he scored 43 points.

The 6’4” Engelland was one of the three reinforcements brought in by legendary PBA coach Ron Jacobs -- the other two were Jeff Moore and Dennis Still -- to add ceiling to the Philippine team’s lineup in 1983.