When I joined Pounding The Rock, I pitched a project that would cover every player who ever wore a Spurs jersey. Not equally, by any means, but each jersey would be identified numerically by the players who wore it.
There is a significance to the numbers of jerseys as it pertains to the five NBA Championships that have been won by the San Antonio Spurs.
There is only one jersey number associated with all five San Antonio Spurs NBA Championships- #21. Tim Duncan. He is coincidentally also the only player to be involved in all five titles.
There are five numbers associated with four Spurs titles. #9 (Tony Parker) and #20 Manu Ginobili, as well as #2, #4, and #11.
The next set of jersey numbers are those associated with three of the Spurs NBA titles.
Those numbers are 3, 5, 8, 12, 17, and 33. Today we finalize our look at #12.
After Bowen’s retirement, Othyus Jeffers wore #12 for one game while on a 10-day contract on March 4, 2011. Interestingly enough, it was the “Los Spurs” jerseys.
He played 8 minutes and scored 2 points.
Othyus joined the Spurs again during their triumphant 2014 season. He signed another 10-day contract on January 24, 2014 to help out during the stretch where the Spurs were without Kawhi Leonard after he fractured his finger against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was waived after the ten days on February 1, 2014. For the four games he played in, Jeffers wore #7.
In all, Jeffers has played 37 NBA games for four teams over a series of four nonconsecutive seasons. He also played multiple stints with the D-League Iowa Energy as well as Italian and Philippine leagues.
And that’s it. Jeffers was the lone player to wear #12 after Bowen.
On March 21, 2012, the Spurs retired Bowen’s #12 and no one ever again wore it.
Because it was retired.
Never to be used again.
Until . . .
Bruce Bowen grants the ‘un-retirement’ of Spurs jersey for LaMarcus Aldridge who was signed on July 9, 2015.
Next number: Who do you think of when you hear Spurs #17?
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