Bonner used a two-plus minute video, staged as a spot on New Hampshire public access television, to announce the news. It was pretty funny, and the production was actually really good. Watch Bonner eat a sandwich, walk through some of nature’s most picturesque settings and talk.
While it was funny, it was also sort of sad. We’re all going to miss the sharpshooter.
Bonner played two seasons in Toronto before spending the last 10 years of his career with the San Antonio Spurs. The 6'10" forward finishes with a career 41.4% three-point shooting percentage. He played in just 30 games last year, averaging under seven minutes.
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Matt Bonner retires from NBA with hilarious video
SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- 'Red Mamba' has played his last game in the NBA.
Matt Bonner retired from the NBA Friday, in predictable Matt Bonner fashion.
The 12-year veteran posted a video on Twitter. The video begins with Bonner announcing his retirement in an empty arena.
"Let me get straight to the point," Bonner said in the video. "I'm retiring from playing competitive basketball at any level above the Concord Men's League over 35 division."
"Dear New Hampshire, and all the rest of New England, Gainesville, Sicily, the T-Dot, the Hammer, everywhere else in Canada, Austin, and especially San Antonio and everyone else who supported me at whatever location you did so."
Bonner then walks around the country while wearing different basketball uniforms, before ending up in a San Antonio Spurs jersey at Holderness School.
"Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, and please remember me for what I did best."
Bonner then fakes a 3-pointer before driving to the rim for a dunk.
The 36-year-old averaged 5.8 points and 3 rebounds for the Toronto Raptors and Spurs during his long career. He was a career 46 percent 3-point shooter. Last season, he scored 2.5 points per game. No teams picked him up in free agency during the offseason. Bonner retires as a two-time NBA champion.
He will join the Spurs' TV broadcast team as a studio analyst, according to a team release. He will make his Spurs TV debut on FOX Sports Southwest's Spurs Live pre-game show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10.
"Today, I'm announcing my retirement from the NBA. Thank you to everyone who supported this humble redheaded role player through the years. I loved every team I played for and every city I lived in," Bonner wrote in the Players' Tribune.
"Staying true to myself, I made this mildly humorous video. Unless a professional "spot shooting" league miraculously crops up, I hope you will continue the support for whatever comes for me after basketball," Bonner wrote.
Matt Bonner to join the Spurs broadcast team as a studio analyst
While his playing days may have come to an end, San Antonio Spurs fans will still be seeing plenty of Matt Bonner in the coming months.
According to a press release from the franchise, Bonner has signed on to join Fox Sports Southwest's broadcast team as a studio analyst for Spurs games on the network's "Spurs Live" pregame show.
Per that release, Bonner will make his Fox Sports Southwest debut prior to San Antonio's matchup with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 10.
In addition to offering his insight on Spurs live, Bonner will also contribute to select broadcasts of the Austin Spurs and the San Antonio Stars.