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Ingles to rejoin team after twins' birth

26 July 2016

BASKETBALL: NBA player Joe Ingles will join his Australian basketball teammates in South America just in time for the Rio Olympics after the early birth of twins.

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Ingles and his netball star wife Renae welcomed Jacob and Milla on Monday, less than two weeks ahead of their due date.

The Boomers are in Argentina for some warm-up games but Ingles was granted permission by coach Andrej Lemanis to stay in Melbourne to be with his new family.

It's likely the Utah Jazz forward will fly out later this week.

"I will forever have your backs," he posted on Instagram, with a photo of the twins and their names and birth date tattooed on his wrist.

The Boomers had been scheduled to play the first of six warm-up games in Buenos Aires on Tuesday (AEST) against world No.3 Lithuania but it was suspended due to a leaking roof.

The game is unlikely to be rescheduled given the limited time before their Olympic opener on August 6 against France.

They are set to play Argentina, ranked fourth in the world, at the same venue at 10am (AEST) on Wednesday.

Australia are chasing their first Games medal in men's basketball in Brazil, and have named their largest contingent of NBA players - including Andrew Bogut, who is uncertain to play following a knee injury during the Golden State Warriors' finals series.

Roje Adaimy
AAP

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