Too famous to mix with the other athletes.
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.
Kevin Durant, right, and DeAndre Jordan, of the United States men's basketball team, board the Silver Cloud cruise ship.
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McCoughtry said the boat was “very nice” and “secluded.”