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Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
Position: C-F
Born: 01/01/85
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:231 lbs. / 105.2 kg.
Salary: $8,250,000
Splitter will come back to a different team. Dwight Howard has replaced Al Horford at center and Dennis Schroder has replaced Jeff Teague at point guard in the starting lineup. When considering the off-season moves, Splitter expects the Hawks to be a better defensive team. “(Howard) is a little bit more of a defensive player than Al, more rebounds, more physical presence on the court,” Splitter said. “That is going to change our team. … Dennis, he is also a great defender. He’s a better defender than Jeff. He will pressure the point guard the whole court. He is growing up and getting more solid.”
That doesn’t mean the Hawks center is neglecting his rehabilitation duties. Splitter still aims to be fully recovered from hip surgery by the start of training camp next month. “I’m good,” Splitter recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Rio. “I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I’m running. I’m playing some one-on-one. I’m doing a lot of weights trying to get stronger because (with) the surgery I lost muscle in my legs. I really have to do that to gain back muscle. I’m on it. I’m doing well. I’ll be ready for the start of camp. That is my goal. I’m not sure 100 percent but that is my goal.”
Storyline: Tiago Splitter Injury
Splitter will remain in Atlanta for much of the offseason for his rehabilitation. He will return to his native Brazil in July for a youth basketball camp and again in August for the Summer Olympic Games, where he will serve as a television commentator. Splitter said the Hawks will send a representative to Brazil so he can continue his rehabilitation work. “The Hawks and I have agreed to keep working because it’s really important,” Splitter said. Splitter still would not disclose the exact nature of the surgical procedure. “Eventually, we’ll throw that out,” he said with a smile.
With being ahead of schedule, do you think there’s any possibility of playing in the Olympics? Tiago Splitter: The Olympics is something that I’m going to miss because I really want to get back well next season. And the Olympics if I play, it will be rushed and I won’t be 100 percent. And I don’t want to do that. But it gives other players a chance. I’ve been on the national team for 14 years—I started on the senior national team at 17 years old—so it’s going to be a real pity to be out of the Olympics. But on the other hand, I want the national team to be as strong as they can be and really try to make something important [happen] this summer.
6 months ago via NBPA