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Spurs star Manu Ginobili to represent Argentina at Olympics, again

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, is fouled by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-94. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, is fouled by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-94. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

Manu Ginóbili will be available to play for Argentina's basketball team in the Rio Olympics.

The Argentine federation announced Ginóbili's decision Thursday. It will be a fourth Olympics for the San Antonio Spurs star, who has led Argentina to a gold and bronze medal in three previous appearances.

Argentina won gold in 2004 and bronze four years later in Beijing, but lost to Russia in the third-place game in 2012. Ginóbili's Olympic career appeared over, but the Argentines somewhat surprisingly earned a berth in Rio last summer by reaching the final of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Ginóbili didn't play on that team, but will rejoin longtime teammate Luis Scola, who plays for the NBA Toronto Raptors, when the Argentines take on a difficult grouping that includes Spain, Lithuania, Brazil and Nigeria.

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