As the NBA lockout lingers on, players are on their own to find ways to prepare for an abbreviated season that could begin at any time. And as Manu Ginobili seems to be heading to San Antonio to train with Tim Duncan, this week Duncan took the opportunity to take San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter on his game. Tiago had this to say about the experience:
By all accounts Splitter has some serious talent, but still must learn to adjust his game to the speed and physicality of the NBA. Tim's experience, and his grasp of the fundamentals of a true NBA post player, make the perfect mentor for a young guy with tremendous potential like Splitter.
Tiago does a lot of things well - his execution of the high pick and roll, his aggressiveness on the boards among them. Where he seriously struggles is in creating offense for himself and taking care of the basketball (also free throws, but Tim is probably not his guy in that area). Splitter is highly prone to being stripped of the basketball as he takes it to the hoop from the block. This is likely a symptom of the fact that he is accustomed to a European style of finesse rather than the much more physical inside play of the NBA.
Tim avoids this scenario in a couple of signature ways.