Tiago Splitter Cleared to Play for Brazilian National Team

by July 06, 2011

An insurance road block has been hurdled, and now the Spurs’ big man can suit up for his country this summer. The Express-News (via globoesporte) reports: “After concerns about who would pay for his insurance to allow him to play, Spurs forward Tiago Splitter has joined the Brazilian national team in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Argentina. The Brazilian publication globoesporte.com reports the Brazilian Basketball Confederation will pay for Splitter’s insurance to allow him to play with them. Splitter is the first of the Spurs’ foreign-born players to get their insurance concerns resolved to play in the tournament. Both Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker have said they most likely will not join their national teams unless their insurance is taken care of him. Splitter will be participating in three exhibition games with his team, including two games against Mexico and one against an American team that consists of college players.”