Much has been made about the living conditions at the Olympic Village ahead of the 2016 games that begin in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. The Australian team first refused to move into the accommodation before changing their decision once faults were fixed.
Chinese athletes have dubbed the games the 'worst' in history after numerous images were posted of the poor conditions in their rooms. But the United States men's and women's basketball teams will face no such issues as they live the life of luxury on board a cruise ship that will be docked in the city's newly redeveloped port.
While NBA players from other countries deal with the conditions as a result of woeful preparations, the NBA and WNBA stars will stay on the ship that can hold 400 people within its 196 cabins. US delegates have reserved it for the team and it will act as a floating embassy of sorts during the showcase.
The entire ship has been reserved for the United States and it will sit in plain site of the port that will be one of the main attractions throughout the games with thousands of people going to watch the big screens that have been installed in the area.
However, approaching the cruise liner will not be easy. 250 Federal Police officers have been deployed to protect the athletes while a bulletproof fence has been put up to separate the general public from Team USA.
Alexandre Gomes, the port terminal operations director, said the Federal Police will have two boats of their own that will be used to 'prevent navigation near the vessel'.
The NBA superstars are in group A of the men's competition alongside France, China, Australia, Venezuela and Serbia. They begin their attempt at the gold with a game against China, who they destroyed twice in the showcase, on Saturday.