Originally written January 23, 2012 on Ball Don't Lie:
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Every championship team has several key role players who make a huge difference with limited responsibilities. They're necessary components of a winner, though, and those players deserve credit for what they do. Usually, that comes in the form of a ridiculous contract or random team honor involving a gold watch and short pre-game ceremony. Because, you know, those guys still aren't stars. However, the San Antonio Spurs see things a little differently. In December 2007, they retired the No. 6 jersey of longtime point guard Avery Johnson, whose best season with the club topped out at a PER of 17.3, which is in fact 2.3 hollingerinos above the league average. Now, they're set to bestow the same honor upon franchise mainstay Bruce Bowen and his No.12 uniform during halftime of their March 21 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. From the team's press release: Bowen's No. 12 jersey will join James Silas' No. 13, George Gervin's No. 44, Johnny Moore's No...
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