"I just took a lot of pride playing for the national team", said the 34-year-old Parker, who scored 14 in his final game. At least it there wasn't anything wrong against Argentina.
The Americans advanced to the semis with a 105-78 pummeling of Argentina.
In another match, European champions Spain led the first quarter by 19-16 when both teams were ready for an intense battle throughout the game.
"The only thing that we changed was our passion and our energy", said Durant.
Just a few hours later, his 39-year-old San Antonio Spurs team mate Manu Ginobili followed suit by calling an end to his global career with Argentina. The Japanese managed to hang in against the US, entering the second half down just 10 points, but Team USA locked down their opponent in a dominant second-half performance, allowing just seven made field goals. "We formed part of something unique we did for our country and it's going to be there". We got to get even more prepared. Unlike the wimpy men who bowed out because of the Zika scare, all of the best female competitors in the world are here. "They were very kind, very respectful and when legends of the game showed their respect, it has an extra value".
"We got our swagger back, offensively and defensively", declared Paul George to reporters after the USA ran its Olympic winning streak to 23 games.
The US rebounders scored an average of 5.2 a game who is lead by DeMarcus Cousins.
Second-ranked Spain made a poor start to the tournament with losses to Brazil and Croatia before shifting into top gear with four straight wins, including a 92-67 victory over old foes France on Wednesday to ease into the last four.
Argentina's final run at another Olympic medal came to an end on Wednesday night as the USA rolled to a 105-78 win, setting up a semifinal matchup with Spain while ending an era for Argentina.
The loudest crowd yet for a USA game, featuring boxer Floyd Mayweather and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, was treated to an explosive performance by the Americans, with devastating crossovers by Durant and Kyrie Irving that left defenders helpless and brought teammates to their feet on the bench. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is the team leader in assists, notching 30 in the first five games.
Ginobili, Scola, Nocioni and Carlos Delfino, the remaining Golden Generation players, checked in together for a last run with about 4 ½ minutes left. "Really, there's been nobody completely like him". But three victories went down to the final minutes, with the last two each decided by three points. The Americans held off Australia by 10, then pulled out three-point victories over Serbia and France.
Over two decades, Ginobili gave them everything.
"We are seeing the end of a generation", said Hernandez.