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Tony Parker calls time on his 16-year international career with France

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France have waved goodbye to one of their greatest basketball players of all-time this week as Tony Parker wound down a 16-year international career.

The San Antonio Spurs point guard was actually born in Belgium but was raised in France and opted to represent his adopted nation in his international play.

His exploits for the French came to a close this week when Spain defeated them 92-67 in the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympics.

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"It was my last game," Parker said afterwards, dashing any faint hopes of a comeback. "I'm not going to change my mind on that. It takes a toll."

Of course, Parker, 34, has won four NBA titles and has been a part of the postseason in every single one of his 15 seasons with the Spurs, clocking up 213 playoff games. To perform for your country after that grueling schedule will add up eventually.

"I'm very proud of what we did," Parker said. "I enjoyed it. The last 16 years have been great. I don't regret one second.


"I take a lot of pride playing in this atmosphere. When we take some time to reflect on what we did, we can be proud."

France were unable to secure a medal this time around, but Parker departs the international stage having won Most Valuable Player honours from his homeland's 2013 EuroBasket crown.

Being able to say he led France to a title means the world to Parker. Now, he must begin life without Tim Duncan in San Antonio next season where Pau Gasol - who played a pivotal role in knocking France out of the Olympics - shall be his replacement.

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