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Clippers guard Pablo Prigioni will not play for Argentina at the Olympic Games

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Pablo Prigioni #8 of Argentina reacts to a foul call during the Men's Basketball bronze medal game between Russia and Argentina on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympics Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Argentinian National Team received unexepected good news last week when Manu Ginobili announced he would play at the Olympic Games. News is not so good on the Pablo Prigioni front. The 38-year-old Clippers guard wrote this morning on Twitter that he’s passing on the Olympics.

We translate that for you: “I have painfully taken the decision of not making myself available for the National Team for Rio 2016. It was not an easy decision. I want to thank the people who wanted me to join the team for their messages. I feel sad, but at the same time grateful for having been able to play play so many tournaments and games wearing the jersey of the Argentinian National Team.”

Prigioni, who’s averaging 2.2 ppg and 1.9 apg with the Clippers this season, was not a member of the gold-medal winning squad at the 2004 Olympics, but won the bronze medal four years later at the Beijing Games. He last played with Argentina at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, where Argentina finished at the 11th spot.

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