The San Antonio Spurs posted a brief message to Tiago Splitter, who retired from the NBA after seven seasons.
On Monday, former San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter announced his retirement from the NBA. This marked the end of a seven-year career that began with the Spurs in the 2010-11 season.
Splitter’s career ended after multiple injuries. He dealt with leg ailments and hip surgery in his lone season for the Atlanta Hawks. This carried into his final season, on the Philadelphia 76ers, and resulted in just eight games played in 2016-17.
Despite the brief runs in Atlanta and Philadelphia, the 33-year old’s career will be known for his time in the Alamo City, So, the Spurs paid a brief tribute to his time there with a “thank you” tweet from the organization’s official account:
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) February 20, 2018
A short but sweet message from the Spurs, as Splitter walks into retirement.
Before the official announcement, Splitter made an appearance at NBA All-Star Weekend, when he interrupted LeBron James during his press conference to ask the news anchor’s name that said, “Shut up and dribble.”
The Spurs made Splitter the 28th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He did not join the team until 2010, after fulfilling the rest of his professional basketball time outside of the Association. This led to five seasons in San Antonio, including an NBA Finals appearance in 2013 and a championship in 2014.
After seven seasons, Splitter finished with 7.9 points, 5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game. This was accumulated in 355 games from 2010 to 2017.
How will you remember Splitter’s time in San Antonio?