A young San Antonio Spurs fan faces an in-school suspension on Thursday if he doesn't somehow find a way to alter the image of Matt Bonner that was shaved into the back of his head.
The Spurs 3-point specialist, who is averaging just 14.6 minutes per game in the postseason, has apparently made such an impact on Woodland Hills Middle School student Patrick Gonzalez that the youngster decided to have a hairstylist shave an image of Bonner into the back of his haircut.
Bonner found Gonzales' act as one of the most unique compliments of his career.
"It's a very flattering portrait of myself. I've never considered myself a controversial figure, but apparently, it’s too distracting and too much." Bonner said.
Now the 'Red Rocket' is trying to arrange Gonzales to attend tonight's Game 2 of Spurs-Clippers Western Conference playoff game at AT&T Center.
"Obviously, I’m hooking Patrick up with signed everything," Bonner said after the Spurs' Thursday morning shootaround to prepare for Game 2. "But we’re also trying to get him to the game tonight. Hopefully, it works out and he can make it, and I hope he still has that pic shaved on his head."
Bonner also had a suggestion for Judson Independent School District officials other than suspension: "Couldn't you just move him to the back of the class?" said the red-headed sharpshooter. "Then nobody would see it; it wouldn't be a distraction. Otherwise, the nicest thing a fan has ever done for me is ruined."
But the Spurs' forward wasn't critical of school officials for wanting to maintain decorum in the classroom, but thought his solution made more sense than the in-class suspension.
"I’m not going to condemn the school," he said. "If anyone is in support of education and academics, it's myself, my Mom being a teacher, and my own academic success. Like I said, they could have just moved him to the back of the class."
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