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Spurs’ Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili retiring from international basketball [VIDEO – CAREER HIGHLIGHTS]

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Tony Parker of France and Manu Ginobili of Argentina have played their last game in international basketball.

Both members of the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Parker and Ginobili suited up for their respective national teams in the men’s basketball tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympics for the last time on Monday.

Parker and France lost to Spain, 92-67 while Ginobili and Argentina lost to Team USA, 105-78 as both nations got eliminated from medal contention in the basketball event in Rio.

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While both lost via blowout losses in their final international career games, both Parker and Ginobili had great run playing for their countries the last decade.

Parker has played in many international competitions for France since 2011. This includes six European basketball championships (Eurobasket) and two Olympics, in London and in Rio.

For his international career, Parker goes out with averages of 16.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Parker helped France to the gold medal at the 2013, two silver medals, 2011 and 2005 and a bronze medal in France.

Ginobili has played in many international competitions for Argentina since 1998. This includes four Olympic Games and three FIBA World Cups. Ginobili helped Argentina in winning the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics plus the silver medal at the 2002 World Championships.

Watch some of Parker’s and Ginobili’s highlights throughout their career in the international arena:

Video Courtesy: YouTube/FIBA

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Both Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will be missed in the international scene but both are set to return to the Spurs in the NBA next season. Without Tim Duncan, who retired in the 2016 offseason, Parker and Giniboli will be the veteran leaders for their NBA squad.

Photo Courtesy: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons

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