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Spurs' Splitter struggles on FIBA stage

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08:08 AM ET 09.09 | Once called by Gregg Popovich "a linchpin of the future," Tiago Splitter has been mostly underwhelming on the summer stage. Spurs fans have been fretting about the unimpressive numbers [Splitter] has been putting up in the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament, Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich has an explanation. "I just don't see much offensive skill there," said Goodrich, working as an analyst on ESPN's English language telecasts of the games that will send the top two teams to the 2012 Olympic tournament in London next summer. "For a guy who was supposed to be one of the best big men in this tournament, maybe the best, he's really struggled."

San Antonio Express-News

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September 9, 2011  08:15 AM ET

The guy looks a lot like Rik Smits. Only a heckuvalot less graceful.

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September 9, 2011  08:30 AM ET
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Ewing schooled guys like Mourning and Mutumbo, but could never get a handle on ol' Rik Smits. Craziness I tell ya.

The guy was just pure, raw force. I LOVED watching him play back in the day. It wasn't always pretty, but man could that guy play the paint.

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September 9, 2011  08:47 AM ET

He's just okay. Spurs fans have enjoyed Robinson and Duncan for the last gagillion years and will have a hard time adjusting to life in the NBA without an all-world big.

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September 9, 2011  08:52 AM ET
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Tim Duncan was the man, but Robinson, while certainly above average, was never "an all-world big".

He was a perennial all-star and he was voted to the NBAs 50 greatest all-time list. He wasn't Duncan, but I consider him an all-world big.

September 9, 2011  09:17 AM ET

ZZZzzzssst....NEXT!

September 9, 2011  09:37 AM ET

In over your head, Bro?

September 9, 2011  10:12 AM ET

didn't he struggle on the NBA stage as well?

September 9, 2011  10:12 AM ET
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Tim Duncan was the man, but Robinson, while certainly above average, was never "an all-world big".

What Robinson were you watching? David Robinson played 14 years and averaged 21 and 10, was a perennial All-Star, and was voted one of the 50 greatest of all time. Maybe you've confused him with Nate Robinsin.

September 9, 2011  10:18 AM ET

OVERRATED!!!! OVERRATED!!!!! OVERRATTED!!!!

September 9, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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Tim Duncan was the man, but Robinson, while certainly above average, was never "an all-world big".

What NBA did you watch?

September 9, 2011  10:32 AM ET
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SA starting unit in 2 years.Rj, splitter, blair, Leonard, quinnruh, roh

Exactly. And they're not likely to have a chance to add a starter on draft night. This team is in for an ugly rebuilding.

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September 9, 2011  10:56 AM ET
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Spurs will always be a postseason team...

No team will always be a playoff team.

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September 9, 2011  11:25 AM ET
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I thought he was overrated.

He was better than Ewing... And i liked Ewing...

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