Photos: The US Basketball Teams Are Staying On A Cruise Ship During The #Rio2016Olympics


The US men’s and women’s basketball teams are spending their time at the Rio Olympics not in the athletes’ village, but on a luxury cruise ship.

The US men’s and women’s basketball teams are spending their time at the Rio Olympics not in the athletes' village, but on a luxury cruise ship.

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Since 1992, the US basketball teams have passed on the Olympic village in exchange for more stylish and comfortable places to call home.

Although the vast majority of athletes stay in the Olympics village, NBA stars cite their popularity and fame as a primary reason for the seclusion and separate accommodations.





“Let’s be honest — how can our men’s and women’s teams stay in the village? They would get bombarded, especially the men’s team. They won’t have peace,” Angel McCoughtry, a women’s basketball player who is participating in her second Olympics, told the New York Times.

“Let’s be honest — how can our men’s and women’s teams stay in the village? They would get bombarded, especially the men’s team. They won’t have peace,” Angel McCoughtry, a women’s basketball player who is participating in her second Olympics, told the New York Times.

Kevin Durant, right, and DeAndre Jordan, of the US men’s basketball team, board the Silver Cloud cruise ship. David Goldman / AP

McCoughtry said the boat was “very nice” and “secluded.”

The players’ 16,000-ton ship, the Silver Cloud, can carry nearly 300 guests.

The players' 16,000-ton ship, the Silver Cloud, can carry nearly 300 guests.

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The ship has a casino…

The ship has a casino...

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…a library…

...a library...

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…four restaurants…

...four restaurants...

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…and a beauty salon on board, according to the company’s website.

...and a beauty salon on board, according to the company’s website.

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