- Brandon Dill/AP
Former San Antonio Spurs fan-favorite Matt Bonner officially announced his retirement from basketball last week with a goofy video in which he announced the news to an empty high school auditorium.
On Thursday, the Spurs honored his announcement by “retiring” a flannel shirt in their locker room with Bonner’s name and number on it.
According to Manu Ginobli, it was a “cozy” ceremony:
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) January 13, 2017
Bonner loved it:
Wicked hilarious guys… you got me good! Whose shirt was that? ????????????????
— Matt Bonner (@mattbonner_15) January 13, 2017
Bonner, 36, played in Europe and for the Raptors before a ten-year run in San Antonio. He was never a superstar (he did, however, knock Steph Curry out of the 3-point competition during the 2013 All-Star Weekend), but he was a quintessential Gregg Popovich role player and helped the team win two titles.
Congratulations to Bonner on a terrific career, and on his flannel retirement. A fitting tribute, indeed, to the New Hampshire native.