The Tall Blacks will give their captain space to decide if he wants to continue his international career.

Mika Vukona is the senior member of the New Zealand squad which fell short at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Rio.

Vukona's now 34-years-old and it's another three years before the next major tournament, the basketball world cup.

With a year until the squad reassembles, Tall Blacks coach Paul Henare says they won't put any pressure on Vukona to make a decision.


He says if the day does come when Vukona decides to hang up the black jersey, he can say he's done his country proud.

Henare and the Tall Blacks' Breakers contingent will take the next couple of weeks off before preparing for the next Australian basketball league season.