Manu Ginobili, the San Antonio Spurs shooting guard, played his final game
as a member of the Argentina national basketball team. Unfortunately for him, it was during the wrong end of a 105-78 blowout
, courtesy of Team USA, but that's only a small hiccup in a very successful international basketball career.
The 2004 Athens Olympics were tough for American basketball fans to watch
(yes, that's a bronze medal hanging around LeBron's neck), and it's thanks to Ginobili, who lead Argentina to become the first and only non-U.S. team to win basketball gold since the 1992 Barcelona Games. He also lead Argentina to three more golds - two in the FIBA Americas Championships and one in the now-defunct FIBA Diamond Ball. Since 1998 when Ginobili began playing for Argentina, their four gold international team medals makes them the second-most successful international team (USA: 8 golds). This man may unfortunately be an afterthought when discussing NBA greats, but he's a legend in Argentina. Farewell, Manu. We'll miss you leading your fellow Argentinians on the court as much as you miss your hair.
While we'll see Ginobili play for the Spurs next year, his departure from the Argentina national team means he's one step closer to NBA retirement, and we don't think we're ready to not watch this lefty stroke it