NBA Rumor: Tiago Splitter Injury

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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.”

Tiago Splitter out at least six more weeks

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.

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.”

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.
6 years ago via NBPA

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 out eight months

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
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