San Antonio Spurs: Stars Sitting Out FIBA World Cup

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May 14, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs players (from left) Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard after a timeout against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs have long been known for resting their players during the regular season. Gregg Popovich trimmed his stars’ minutes so much last year that no one played more than 30 minutes per game.

After back-to-back seasons of reaching the NBA Finals, some of San Antonio’s players have made the right choice to skip the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Shortly after winning the NBA Finals, Tony Parker announced his decision to bypass the FIBA World Cup. In mid-July, Kawhi Leonard was the next Spur to withdraw from the competition.

Then last week, the San Antonio-Express News announced the Spurs were not going to allow Manu Ginobili to play for Argentina due to a stress fracture in his right foot.

Ahead let’s look at the impact Ginobili, Leonard and Parker will have by sitting out the FIBA World Cup as well as briefly recap their terrific careers.

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