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Tiago Splitter: I want to say thank you to the Sixers organization, fans and specially Coach Brown. They gave me the opportunity to play and work hard every day with great professionalism. Also big s/o to my guys Mike Roncarati and Zac Markovitz that were there from the first day believing in me. Again, thanks my fans for all the support! #gettingreadyforthenextseason 💪🏻
Brian Lewis: Tiago Splitter makes his #Sixers debut. #Nets
Jessica Camerato: Rodriguez is out (left hamstring strain), will be evaluated in a week. Splitter is available to play.
Tom Moore: Brett Brown on using Splitter: ‘This is the first time we have had him possibly available. As we speak, it’s not my intention (he’ll play).’
Tom Moore: #Sixers Splitter says he has some nerves after not playing in 13 month, that he’s ready despite only being 75 percent physically.
Tiago Splitter: Feel so good to wear a jersey… I’m back! #nevertakeanythingforgranted
Tiago Splitter amped up his workouts Thursday and a return to the court appears close, perhaps starting with the Delaware 87ers. “I feel great playing basketball after this long injury,” said the 6-11 Splitter, who hasn’t played this season due to hip and leg injuries. “I’m pretty close. I just need a little bit more of five-on-five. I’m trying to do as much as I can with running, treadmill, exercise and lifting weights and getting ready to get back on the court.”
Keith Pompey: #Sixers Brown on likelihood of @shawnlong21 getting 2nd 10-day deal: “I think we are going through that. It wouldn’t surprise me. I have no desire personally to look elsewhere. He’s a part of what we have been doing. I think once we learn more about Tiago’s health, that could influence it. But to date, like he’s done nothing that would make me think otherwise. I think the more we start learning about Tiago that could influence some.”
Kris Willis: Hawks list Mike Dunleavy (knee) as probable. Thabo Sefolosha (groin) as questionable and Tiago Splitter as out in updated injury report
The Hawks reserve center will miss a minimum of six weeks after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 right calf strain. The injury was confirmed after the test was performed at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center. The latest injury is related to both the hip surgery that preceded a right hamstring strain that has kept Splitter out all season. According to the Hawks, an update will be provided when appropriate.
“There is nobody more disappointed than me,” Splitter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution following the hamstring injury. “I’m tough. I’m tough. Maybe the first day I was sad but the next day I’m already positive and thinking about positive progress each day. That is the mindset you have to have when you are injured.”
Atlanta Hawks forward/center Tiago Splitter has been diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring strain, which he sustained in a recent practice. An MRI taken yesterday at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center revealed the injury. He will be out a minimum of four weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.
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.”
Chris Vivlamore: Spoke to Tiago Splitter from Rio. He still plans to be ready for start of training camp after hip surgery. Will post story tomorrow.
Splitter underwent the season ending surgery in February after just 36 games. “It’s great,” Splitter said of his rehabilitation. “I’ve started to jog. I’ve started to do some stuff on the court. I’ve started to get my strength back. We are working each week on getting my strength back, speed, jumping onto boxes. It’s getting there.”
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.
Tiago Splitter: It is because of my unique path and passion for the sport that I take my responsibility to perform at a high level each night very seriously. I tried everything I could to get back on the court this season…anti-inflammatories, injections, physical therapy. These are the treatments all NBA players get to stay healthy. But nothing worked and the pain continued. I couldn’t play the way I wanted to and it began to impact me at home. My activity with my kids was way down and I suffered from many restless nights. I couldn’t bend down to put my socks on. So I started doing my research. I spoke with everyone I could find inside the NBA and out, including multiple doctors, the Hawks medical staff, and people who had experienced hip pain during and after their careers, including Ronny Turiaf, Jason Kidd, and even someone named Travis Andre Ross, who trains for American Ninja Warrior (I contacted him through Instagram!). Everyone was supportive and passionate about attacking the problem.
Tiago Splitter: The surgery is designed specifically to allow me to return to a NBA level of physical performance. The toughest part of the decision is missing the Olympics. Brazil has been dreaming of this moment for a long time and to have the games in my home country is really special for every Brazilian athlete. It hurts that I can’t play, but my Brazilian brothers in the NBA have been really supportive.
Less than a month after undergoing season-ending surgery on his right hip, Tiago Splitter is riding an exercise bicycle and walking with the aid of just one crutch. The Hawks reserve center won’t play again this season and will miss the 2016 Rio Olympics and perhaps the start of next season. However, his rehabilitation program is well under way.
Atlanta Hawks forward/center Tiago Splitter underwent successful surgery on his right hip yesterday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Edwin Su at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. A timeline for his recovery will be announced when determined.
Tiago Splitter underwent successful surgery on his right hip on Thursday. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. The procedure officially ends Splitter’s first season with the Hawks.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks’ Tiago Splitter is scheduled to have surgery on right hip today.
Tiago Splitter: Hello, my friends! Unfortunately, I will perform surgery on my right hip and will be approximately 8 months out. I’ve been fighting since the beginning of this season with severe pain in the hip that made me play several times at my limit. I never resigned myself to be off the court for any reason. I always loved to play, either for my team or the Brazilian national team. But these pains increased and become increasingly unbearable. I did all the treatments and therapies available, however nothing solved the pain I felt, and it only increased with every single game.
During this time, I had the Hawks medical team and phisios always helping me, but we had to make this difficult decision, that involves more than this season or the Olympics dream in my country, but it reaches my personal health and my career. No one feels more than myself! It was the hardest decision of my career and even more for someone like me who never had any injury to take me to the operating room. My surgery will be held in New York on February 25th. I want to thank all the messages of support I have received! All the best, Tiago Splitter
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks’ Tiago Splitter has elected to have season-ending surgery on his right hip.
Chris Vivlamore: Hawks also say Splitter saw “multiiple specialists.”
A persistent hip injury to Tiago Splitter will also factor into the Hawks’ strategy as sources say the reserve center is seeking opinions and considering surgery. Whatever his course of treatment, Splitter will be out for an extended period. His absence is very problematic for a Hawks team that ranks last in the league in rebounding rate and is thin on its front line.
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