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Gutierrez indicates Turkey will be his last run with Argentina

Leo Gutierrez isn’t the best known player in Argentina’s national squad but rest assured, he’s very important.

A 31-year-old forward on the books of Peñarol Mar del Plata, the side coached by Argentina boss Sergio Hernandez, Gutierrez is the club’s best known player.

He competed at the 2002 FIBA World Championship when his team captured silver and then two years later celebrated an Olympic gold medal in Athens.

Gutierrez expects this year’s FIBA World Championship in Turkey to be his last run with the national team.

“It takes a lot for me now to recover after those competitions,” he said.

“I prefer to give way when I am okay instead of being replaced by a younger player or retiring because of personal reasons.

“I think that the FIBA World Championship will be my last tournament with the Argentinian national team.”

Gutierrez played an instrumental role for his country last year at the FIBA Americas Championship with the likes of Andres Nocioni and Carlos Delfino not taking part.

The 6ft 8in sharpshooter averaged 8.6 points per game in Puerto Rico, helping his team capture the bronze medal.

When Gutierrez gets hot from outside, there aren’t many teams that can stop him.

He was five of seven against Canada in their first meeting last summer.

Gutierrez shot four of eight against Mexico, four of six against Puerto Rico and four of seven against Uruguay – all Argentina wins.

Puerto Rico then played Argentina in the Semi-Finals and won that game, but Hernandez’s team bounced back to win the bronze by beating Canada for a second time.

In Turkey, Argentina will face Serbia, Germany, Australia, Angola and Jordan in Group A.

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