Splitter prioritizes health and the Spurs; Blair had strong debut in Russia

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.

San Antonio Spurs teammates DeJuan Blair and Tiago Splitter have taken different approaches 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.


9 thoughts on “Splitter prioritizes health and the Spurs; Blair had strong debut in Russia

  1. Good to know that Splitter has put his health on top of his list, he seem like eager to play with the Spurs. Blair had a great game and hopefully this will help him progress and develop his game furthermore with the NBA lockout not being settled.

  2. This just goes to show how Tiago has matured as a player. Blair will be fine in Russia and could use that experience to be a better player for the Spurs when the season resumes.

  3. Prioritizing health means less injuries, while also staying in game ready playing condition. I’m more concern, worry about the other Spur players not being talked about.

  4. Pingback: Spurs’ Blair dominating in Russia; led Krasnye Krylya Samara to third victory « Spurs World

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