Ginobili will play for Argentina at Olympics


San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili expects to represent his native Argentina at the Rio Olympics.

The 38-year-old made the decision on Wednesday and called coach Sergio Hernandez to tell him he would be going to Rio.

To put Ginobili's plan in perspective, Carmelo Anthony, who will be 32 at the time of the Games, is the oldest player expected to play for the United States.

"To say that Manu's availability makes me happy personally is to put it mildly," Hernandez said.

"That is not significant. His was a very brave decision and at the same time very correct, from my point of view.

"He will be able to end his career with the national team at an Olympic Games. This is the most important news for Argentine sport at this moment.

"Ginobili is a symbol. Welcome Manu. And now we shall enjoy this."

In 2014, Ginobili told an Argentine newspaper "there was a 98 per cent chance" he would never play for the national team again, but Hernandez said he never gave up hope Ginobili would change his mind.

Ginobili led the team to a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and bronze at Beijing 2008.

Ginobili, who will turn 39 right before the Olympics, is averaging 9.4 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in the NBA this season.