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Tiago Splitter says he'll be out eight months, can't play for Brazil

Tiago Splitter said in an Instagram message posted Wednesday that he will not be able to play for Brazil at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to hip surgery that he says will sideline him for approximately eight months.

The Atlanta Hawks center wrote that he has been dealing with "severe pain" in his hip since the beginning of the season and he had to make this "difficult decision, that involves more than this season or the Olympics dream in my country, but it reaches my personal health and my career."

The Hawks had announced Tuesday that Splitter would miss the rest of the season after electing to undergo the procedure on his right hip.

Splitter wrote Wednesday that the surgery would take place Feb. 25 in New York.

"It was the hardest decision of my career and even more for someone like me who never had any injury to take me to the operating room," he wrote.

Hello, my friends! Unfortunately, I will have surgery on my right hip and will be approximately 8 months out. I've been fighting since the beginning of this season with severe pain in the hip that made me play several times at my limit. I never resigned myself to be off the court for any reason. I always loved to play, either for my team or the Brazilian national team. But these pains increased and become increasingly unbearable. I did all the treatments and therapies available, however nothing solved the pain I felt, and it only increased with every single game. During this time, I had the Hawks medical team and phisios always helping me, but we had to make this difficult decision, that involves more than this season or the Olympics dream in my country, but it reaches my personal health and my career. No one feels more than myself! It was the hardest decision of my career and even more for someone like me who never had any injury to take me to the operating room. My surgery will be held in New York on February 25th. I want to thank all the messages of support I have received! All the best, Tiago Splitter

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Splitter, 31, has missed the Hawks' last six games but has been bothered by the injury for most of this season, his first in Atlanta.

The 6-foot-11 Splitter averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 36 games this season. The Hawks acquired Splitter last July in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs.