Manu Ginobili said he was wishing Tony Parker's shots would miss. "And in the beginning," he said, "that felt awkward."

And Parker?

"I never wished he would miss," he said.

Parker smiled. In beating Argentina, he was still rooting for his guy. Parker liked everything about this.

It was also an attitude that fit with his day. He didn't need to beat Ginobili, exactly. Parker needed to show his country some success on the Olympic level and that he could do this with passion and commitment, just the way Ginobili has with his national team.

So Tuesday was a first for him — just as it was a first playing against Ginobili.