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Manu Ginobili leaves San Antonio and takes the NBA Championship trophy with him

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Manu Ginobili during game five against the Miami Heat
Manu Ginobili during game five against the Miami Heat.

San Antonio Spurs Shooting Guard Manu Ginobili has returned home to Argentina with 12 of his Spurs team-mates as the NBA Champions begin their trophy tour.

The team arrived in South America on Friday with Ginobili's return home the first of any of his team-mates as the Spurs prepare to visit 12 cities in six countries.

As Argentina's favourite son - in basketball anyway, he was given a heroes welcome home and during a press conference made a big announcement.

Ginobili revealed that he played with a slight stress fracture in his right fibia during the Spurs NBA Championship victory.

Despite the severity of this injury he remained committed to the Argentinian cause claiming that if he is medically able, he will play for his country in the FIBA Basketball World Cup later this summer.

With the football World Cup still under way and Argentina set to play Belgium on Saturday for a place in the semi-finals, Ginobili was looking forward to his own tournament which begins in Spain in August.

A truly global tour

Argentina is just the first stop for the Spurs' world trophy tour, from there they will visit the home countries of many of their biggest stars.

Italy, Australia and Canada are all on the tour as well as trip to France for a home visit for stars Tony Parker and Boris Diaw.

They will make three stateside stops however visiting New Hampshire, New York and California - home of Spurs stars Kawhi Leonard, Jeff Ayres and Austin Daye.

The trophy will be making appearances at many different events such as music festivals, basketball camps, family gatherings and charity events spreading across four continents. 

A proud moment

The Spurs won their fifth franchise Championship after defeating the Miami Heat 4-1 in the series earlier this summer.

Two road wins in Miami gave San Antonio the chance to seal their victory on home court which they did in game five.

Their players will no doubt have the world cup in mind but coach Gregg Popovich, he will no doubt be planning ahead of next season.

With finals rivals the Miami Heat losing many of their starters in free agency they will no doubt be watching the events that transpire around LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and former New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony.

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