Found November 22, 2011 on Project Spurs:

The lockout has to be a trying time for NBA players to remain in shape.

Some have made the move to play overseas for the duration of the lockout to remain in shape and some have participated in their fair share of exhibition games to get some type of in-game conditioning that hours of gym time can't recreate.

San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter made the jump to Spain to play with Valencia Basket and did pretty well in his debut recording a double-double. But as Splitter said, one of the reasons he made the decision to join Valencia was to get quality time on the court, something training with his Spurs teammates during the lockout cannot duplicate.

Splitter said that during these months he has trained in San Antonio with other Spurs players, he also acknowledged that "it is not the same as playing because the pace of competition is achieved only playing."

But seeing how the last time he played organized basketball was with the Brazilian national team for the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament, Splitter admitted he needs time to get back into condition.

"I am not one hundred percent yet but I hope to get there soon," he said.

However, one thing is sure, Splitter is happy to return to Spain where he played in his early days as a professional basketball player and join Valencia despite possibly upsetting his former team Baskonia.

"I am very happy to return to Spain at a big club like Valencia. I wanted to play and this club has given me this opportunity. The only thing I can promise is to strive every day to help the team improve and win. I will give everything for this jersey, "he said.

The San Antonio Spurs player acknowledged that he is aware that many people in Vitoria, where he played six seasons with Baskonia, "is not happy with this decision." "But I have great affection for Baskonia and its people, I spent much time there and I have much to thank them," he said.

And now he will be logging major minutes with Valencia, Splitter did remark he would have liked more time on the court during his rookie season with the Spurs.

"It was very good, it was always my dream to play in the NBA among the best in the world. I enjoyed it a lot, but it is clear that I wanted to play a little more," he said.

Well Splitter, perhaps the first thing you should do is stay injury-free. His rookie season was marred by injuries, especially the calf injury he suffered in training camp which set back his adjustment into the NBA.

Hopefully Splitter plays well enough to be ready for the Spurs training camp and impress Gregg Popovich and the rest of the Spurs coaching staff to earn that extra time on the court.


Splitter scores 15 in Valencia win over Oostende

San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter and Valencia Basket won their first match at the 2011 Eurocup defeating Oostende 75-62.Splitter scored 15 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, 1 assist, shot 6-6 from the field, 3-4 from the free-throw line in 20 minutes.After a nip-and-tuck first quarter, Valencia went into halftime leading 40-31. However, in the third quarter Oostende narrowed the gap...

DeJuan Blair: 'I'm not fat any more'

After starting off the season strong San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair slumped a bit late in the season and struggled with his weight admitting to his fondness of San Antonio's Whataburger fast-food chain. Even head coach Gregg Popovich spoke to Blair about his expanding waist line and quipped about Blair's fondness of burgers. Although he was in Pop's "doghouse...

Da'Sean Butler to play in Europe during lockout

Add San Antonio Spurs' Da'Sean Butler to the list of Spurs players who have made the jump overseas to play during the NBA lockout. According to his agent, Chet Ervin, Butler has agreed to play in Europe for the duration of the lockout but did not name the specific European team. However, according, Butler has signed with Latvian squad VEF Riga. Also, it seems he...

Compilation of Tony Parker, Asvel highlights

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has been putting on a show in France since making the decision to play for ASVEL-Villeurbanne during the NBA lockout. From still knocking down his signature tear-drop move to his lightning quick moves to the rim, Parker has been looking great and in rare form for ASVEL. Check out a compilation of Parker's highlights (1:28 point) and other...

Duncan set to lose $887K due to lockout

As the holiday shopping season is set to kick off this Friday, all NBA players won't be receiving some of their paychecks due to the ongoing NBA lockout. One name on the list of players to lose their first paycheck is San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan according to CNBC's Darren Rovell. Duncan is due roughly $21,000,000 in this final year of his contract but with the lockout...

Tiago Splitter records double-double in Valencia debut

After a whirlwind week for San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter, the Brazilian big man made his debut for Valencia Basket against UCAM Murcia in grand fashion. Splitter, who joined Valencia for the duration of the NBA lockout, finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, shot 4-9 from the field, 4-6 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes in a narrow 86-83 overtime win against Murcia....

Parker not resting on his laurels, still wants more titles

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker's resume is one many NBA players wished they owned. He has three NBA titles, All-Star appearances, an NBA Finals MVP and this summer picked up a silver-medal at the 2011 EuroBasket. And for as much as he has done in his professional basketball career, don't think he will rest on his laurels and bask in all he has accomplished. In an interview...

Mitchell & Ness goes upside-down on new Spurs cap

As a collector of all kinds of sports caps, I'm always on the lookout for something new, perhaps a fresh new design since there are usually only a limited number of tired old ways you can design team caps.For their latest edition of caps that will debut at Hall of Fame stores on Friday, Mitchell & Ness has flipped their lid...literally.Several team caps are set to debut featuring...

Highlights: Tony Parker, Asvel vs. Chalon

Recently, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker and Asvel-Villeurbanne picked up their second win in a row as they defeated Chalon 86-63. Parker paced Asvel with with 20 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 6-12 from the field (50%), 3-5 from the three-point line (60%), 5-8 from the free-throw line (62.5%) in 32 minutes. And in case you missed any of the action, and just need some sort...

Ex-Spur Oberto to decide basketball future in January

With Da'Sean Butler being named the latest San Antonio Spurs player to head overseas during the ongoing NBA lockout, a former Spur hasn't made his decision on whether or not he'll return to the NBA or basketball in general.According to Fabricio Oberto won't make his decision on returning to the NBA until January. The pivot Fabricio Oberto said he...

Toronto's Vince Carter Posterizes San Antonio's Tim Duncan (Video)

Editor's note: The 2011-12 NBA season was supposed to tip off Nov. 1. With no games to watch, will help fill the void by posting a dunk video every day until the lockout ends. Vince Carter once got the best of Tim Duncan while the two were playing in college. That trend carried over into the NBA. During a Raptors-Spurs game, Carter beat his man from the right wing and...

Pretend Spurs keep rolling, beat Timberwolves

Computer simulations seem to love the San Antonio Spurs. According to, the "Pretend Spurs" hammered the "Pretend Timberwolves" in "Pretend Minnesota" over the weekend, beating them 128-99. Tony Parker scored 31 points and Kawhi Leonard and DeJuan Blair combined for 29 points. Clearly Accuscore is taking in to account Blair has been taking...

Butler given two-week trial with VEF Riga

As we reported this week, San Antonio Spurs' Da'Sean Butler is off to Latvia to play with VEF Riga for the duration of the NBA lockout. However, it would appear Butler was offered a two-week trial period for VEF to see if indeed his knee has fully recovered and to see if Butler is comfortable playing with VEF before offering him a long-term deal. "I have no words for...

The tallest boy band ever, 'Pop's Posse'

The NBA lockout has been less than fun, but this is a fun moment. Or embarrassing. In the long line of great boy bands, New Kids on the Block, N'Sync, O-TOWN, I bring you Pop's Posse! That's right, from the looks of it, San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and his former teammates Fabricio Oberto and Brent Barry have formed the closest thing the NBA will ever to a...
Spurs News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.