Manu Ginobili played his final game in international play with Argentina and it was soon after, San Antonio Spurs teammate Tony Parker would do the same.
It was not the way that Parker wanted to end his career in international play as he and France fell to Spain 92-67 on Wednesday night. The Spaniards jumped out to a 15-8 lead and did not trail the rest of the way as Les Bleus could not contain their offensive onslaught on one end of the court or match it at the other.
During the game, Parker mentioned he felt that his team was playing against one he
knows so well, his NBA team, San Antonio Spurs.
“I felt like Spain was the Spurs tonight, and I was on the other side,” Parker said following France’s quarterfinals defeat.
No story book ending for Parker as he paced Les Bleus scoring 14 and having four assists, and his quest for a medal as spoiled again by Spain. 2012 the Spaniards defeated France during the same stage.
Parker, 34, officially bid adieu to Les Bleus and all future FIBA and Olympic competitions Wednesday.The four-time NBA champion announced before the Rio games began this would be the final destination of his international career.
After the game, Parker didn’t waver, telling reporters he wasn’t “going to change his mind like that.” He also stated he did not “regret one second” of his play.
He took to his personal twitter account to thank his teammates and coaches through all the years he has played for the France National team.
“Thanks to all my teammates, Vincent Collet and the @FRABasketball for these years with the #Bleus!” he wrote. “I am proud to have been able to represent France. Thanks also to all the French basketball fans who have always supported us. It was a wonderful adventure.”
Tip your hat off to Parker, Ginobili and the rest of the NBA players whom have competed in this years game for their respective countries.