After helping Team Brazil to gain an Olympic berth to 2012 London Games this summer, San Antonio Spurs forward/center Tiago Splitter thought about playing in Brazil during the NBA lockout.
It’s a reasonable reaction, especially with the NBA season appearing to be in peril. However, according to Esportes.terra.com.br, the Brazilian big man have rejected offers from Brazil and Europe to make sure that the thigh injury he suffered before the FIBA Americas tournament is completely healed and is looking forward to joining the Spurs again.
“Until we are sure we will or not have the NBA season, my priority is to be 100% to have a pre-season with the San Antonio Spurs” explained Splitter.
“I had several opportunities to play in European and Brazilian teams or, and it was indeed, a difficult decision. Me, my family and my staff appreciate the advantages of these teams and I appreciate them putting effort and giving some time” he said.
“But I still feel a little injury that I had before the Pre-Olympic, when I played far from my best condition. It was very important to be there for me and my teammates, as we achieved our main goal to return to the Olympics” Splitter added.
Meanwhile, Splitter’s San Antonio teammate DeJuan Blair who signed with Russia’s Krasnye Krylya Samara to play and stay in basketball shape during the lockout made a strong debut for his Russian team.
Playing competitive basketball for the first time since the Spurs’ early playoff exit against the Memphis Grizzlies, Blair showed that he has a lot to offer, and seem to be in great condition, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in his first game with the Russian squad.