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Friday May 18, 2012 Matt Bonner like you've never seen him

Updated: 5:45pm, May 18

Bonner haircutGAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Joakim Noah? Al Horford? Corey Brewer? Mike Miller? Even Jason Williams?

Those are the former Gator greats now in the NBA that one might think a zealous fan would embrace with perhaps a little extra passion. But San Antonio middle-schooler Patrick Gonzalez loves Spurs workmanlike backup forward Matt Bonner.

“We’re both redheads,” Gonzalez said.

Now Gonzalez is a skinhead.

The 12-year-old had to shave his dome after being threatened with a suspension by officials from Woodlake Hills Middle School for showing up in class with a haircut in the image of Bonner’s face. School officials deemed the $75 Bonner cut -- trimmed to a remarkable likeness (that's the real Bonner below) -- a “distraction” and sent the kid home.

bonner real face The Bonner brouhaha (make that doohaha) got a lot of media attention in the Texas town (and beyond), where the Spurs are facing the Los Angeles Clippers (there’s some irony, by the way) in the Western Conference semifinals. The Spurs, in turn, reached out to the Gonzalez family after the story hit the local news, providing tickets to Thursday night’s Game 1.

Bonner encouraged the the boy to “keep supporting us redheads in the NBA.”

Good thing the kid didn’t go with a Bonner tattoo.

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