After 12 seasons in the NBA, former Gators center Matt Bonner announced his retirement Friday.
Bonner didn’t depart without a gift for his fans around the world, however. He left us with this hilarious video spoofing New Hampshire public television (check out the Gainesville shout-out at :53).
I made a video. pic.twitter.com/NQSvvCnhD5
— Matt Bonner (@MattBonner_SAS) January 6, 2017
The Concord, New Hampshire, native arrived in Gainesville a relative unknown in 1999, but quickly became one of the greatest men’s basketball players in program history.
Bonner currently ranks No. 9 all-time in program history for points (1,570) and graduated after four seasons with a 3.96 grade-point average.
Under former coach Billy Donovan in 2000, Bonner helped lead Florida to a 29-8 record and the first Final Four victory in program history.
Matt Bonner, Haslem, D.Lee. 2001. Florida circa the early aughts used to have the coolest teams. pic.twitter.com/O34bCBQCWm
— Sam Laird (@samcmlaird) January 6, 2017
After being selected by the Toronto Raptors, Bonner spent time in Sicily before heading back to the NBA.
His best years came during a decade-long span with the San Antonio Spurs, where he would become a two-time NBA champion.
A skillful sharpshooter, Bonner led the NBA in three-point shooting at 45.7 percent during the 2010-11 season.
Despite being retired, and a Canadian citizen, Bonner isn’t expected to leave San Antonio in the near future.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 6, 2017