Two teammates and international stars are officially ending their ties with their respective national teams. Tony Parker (France) and Manu Ginobili (Argentina) played their last international stints for apparent reasons.
The two are the senior statesmen for the San Antonio Spurs, both on the roster for the coming season. But at their age, it may only be a matter of time before the two follow the footsteps of Tim Duncan, the third member of Gregg Popovich’s ‘big three’.
Nothing More To Prove
Parker, 35, his stint at the 2016 Rio Olympics was his last one. Despite dealing with a toe injury, the veteran guard he believes there is nothing more to prove via the Tiebreaker Times.
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“For me, I felt I have nothing to prove, I just wanna enjoy myself and enjoy playing with my teammates, and just try to enjoy every moment,” Parker said.
Ginobili Winds It Down
Manu Ginobili could have made his last ride sweeter had Argentina pulled the rug from under Team USA. Argentina proved in the past that they could defeat the NBA-backed squad. They did in the 2002 World Championships and also at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
But at 38, Ginobili needed a lot of help. The team did boast of NBA stars like Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino and Andres Nocioni but the mix was not enough for Team USA, which had been raising a lot of questions on whether they can come home with the gold.
Onto the NBA
With their respective downfalls, Parker and Ginobili will next focus on their upcoming stint with the Spurs. The two have been plagued by injuries though such is not surprising. They are no longer as young to handle a rigid 82-game regular season schedule and both are likely just trying to play for as long as their body allows them.
Ginobili is likely to retire first and Parker following at some point. Whatever happens, the two have done it all for the sport.