Splitter underwent season-ending hip surgery in late February, and his initial recovery timeline was eight months. He's already started jogging and doing some on-court work, so it appears there's a growing possibility he might be able to partake in training camp. If that's the case, the
Tiago Splitter (hip) has begun his rehab program since undergoing season-ending surgery on Feb. 26, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Splitter faces an eight-month recovery timetable from the procedure, which will prevent him from playing for Brazil in the 2016 Summer Olympics and could put him at risk of missing the start of the 2016-17 season. He's already beginning to ride an exercise bike and is only using one crutch to get around, but until he's back on the court doing basketball-related activities, Splitter won't be considered close to returning to action.
Tiago Splitter (hip) will undergo season-ending surgery on Feb. 25, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He's expected to require eight months of recovery time.
The Atlanta Hawks announced Tuesday that Splitter's season would be over due to the procedure, but the expected recovery timetable that was handed down Wednesday also ensures the Brazilian big man won't be able to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, the eight-month timetable suggests Splitter may not be completely healthy until mid-October, which could impact his availability for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. The 31-year-old finished his first season with the Hawks with averages of 5.6 points (on 52.3% shooting), 3.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists across 16.1 minutes.
Splitter has been nagged by the injury off and on this season, missing chunks of games periodically, including six consecutive contests leading up to the All-Star break. After seeking a second opinion, Splitter will undergo surgery, and while the
Tiago Splitter hasn't ruled out the possibility of undergoing surgery to address his sore right hip, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
After the Atlanta Hawks opted to shut him down in order to rest through the All-Star break, Splitter sought a second opinion on his ailing hip earlier this week. The center is still in the information-gathering process to determine whether or surgery or an extended rest is the best method to rectify the issue, but the former option could possibly result in a premature end to the 31-year-old's season. Regardless of what route Splitter chooses, it seems quite likely that he won't be ready to play immediately in the second half. Mike Muscala will continue to serve as the Hawks' primary backup center while Splitter is sidelined.
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