By Trevor Zickgraf, Project Spurs.com
Like every fall for at least the last four years, the San Antonio Spurs aren't really being talked about nationally with the other league heavyweights like Miami, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers. It's fine, it's what happens and Spurs fans should be used to it. What the national media writes and broadcasts isn't fact. The hype around the Knicks last season should be proof of that. One player who isn't listening to any hype around the Thunder and Lakers is Spurs back up center Tiago Splitter. Splitter told reporters in Sao Paolo last week that the Spurs are on equal footing with the rest of the Westen Conference heavyweights.
“In my opinion, we (San Antonio Spurs) are able to meet on equal footing these teams. We know that we need to strive in training so we can be right in season. (Gregg) Popovich is assembling a roster much like last year and it helps us. Yet, we know that the Spurs are never favourites,” added Splitter.
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