One of the best things to happen for Team USA is the accomodations.
That is because some of the apartments in the Olympic village weren’t up to safety standards, so the majority of US athletes are staying aboard the Silver Cloud cruise ship docked in Rio.
After Coach K ranted on a reporter who questioned his motivations for staying on a luxury liner, it begs the question, what exactly is it like staying aboard a secured cruise liner in Rio.
Deandre Jordan answered that question for reporters.
They don’t really let us go anywhere. I kind of want to get out of the city a little bit. The beach, something. Maybe on a full off day, maybe (he’ll do that). But we’ve got to take care of business (on the court), too. I want to be able to get out with the locals, get to some nice food spots, just kind of hang out man and enjoy the city.
After some players were caught at a local brothel in the city, it appears they haven’t had much time in the Olympic village, but Klay Thompson would like to take some time to visit.
The pros (of the boat) is the comfort. There’s everything we need on there. We have a hot tub, we have a pool, we have a dining room, a nice room. The only con, I’d say, is you feel kind of removed from the Olympic Village and you kind of want to meet these other Olympic athletes. You kind of have to be able to get over there to do it, which is fine.
Luxury is not a problem for the athletes, but socializing and fraternizing with athletes outside of the US teams is. USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo says the seclusion is done purposely to protect the athletes that are very well known and recognizable around the world.
Jimmy Butler says they do on the boat what they do in hotels, it’s just that the cruise liner floats.