Joining their fellow Spurs in South America are Spaniard Pau Gasol, along with Manu Ginobili and freshly signed forward Patricio Garino representing Argentina. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge both passed on the opportunity to represent Team USA this time around, which should bode well for Spurs faithfuls in the long run.
Parker and Mills will be tasked in Group A of the tournament, where a Golden State Warriors-infused North American squad looms large. Fueled by former Longhorn Kevin Durant, Team USA dominated their exhibition games leading up to the Olympics, overwhelming opponents by an average of 43 points. Mills lead all scorers at the 2012 games in London, but with five NBA players on their roster, Parker’s Les Bleus have the best shot at challenging the Americans.
Earlier this week, Ginobili was visibly emotional after Argentina’s 86-79 victory over Team France in Cordoba. The exhibition game was perhaps Ginobili’s final international contest representing his home country on native soil.
“The truth is we are very proud to have created all that we did, to have generated this celebration for the game of basketball,” Ginobili told fans after the game. “We are very happy to be here and be able to continue, after all this time, representing the country.”