MINNEAPOLIS -- The fellow they call "O" gives up a good half-foot to Alexander Kaun.
But within seconds of receiving his first pro action in more than two years, Othyus Jeffers challenges the lumbering, 6-foot-11 CSKA Moscow center.
Drive. Layup. Swat.
Next chance: Drive. Pull-up. Swat.
When Jeffers gets a good look at the basket again, he doesn't back down -- not even after Kaun has twice made him look foolish during the shooting guard's opening audition with the Timberwolves.
Triple-threat. Baseline. One-handed throw-down.
Kaun's not in the way this time, as Rick Adelman's motion-based offense has cleared out the lane. But there's no timidity, no hesitancy as Jeffers glides in and ties Minnesota's preseason opener at 84.
To Jeffers, fear is a mostly-foreign concept.
"I always play with conviction," Jeffers said.
Lives with it, too.
Very little deters Jeffers as he scraps and claws for the final slot on the Timberwolves' 15-man roster. An existence rife with gun violence,...