Smooth sailing? US men's basketball seeks more Olympic gold

by Sadie Mccarthy Agosto 5, 2016, 1:02

Women aboard the Silver Cloud cruise ship look off a balcony as Paul George, of the United States men's basketball team, boards the ship upon arriving for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"Talent is important, skill level is important but I have come to appreciate at this time during the next two weeks experience and the ability to be smarter than the other guy is paramount".

The USA Basketball program has opted for a luxury cruise as its digs this summer.

It's the second time both teams will be housed on a cruise ship during the Olympics.

The U.S. women's streak is even longer, with the team winning each of their last 41 Olympic games and every gold medal since 1996.

"We'll have a chance to get a few days of consistent practice now", said first time Olympian Elena Delle Donne, who made a few headlines when she talked openly about her fiancee Amanda Clifton in an upcoming story in Vogue magazine.

NBA player Andrew Bogut, who's in Rio to play for his native Australia, tweeted a photo of himself "putting together a shower curtain so we can shower and not flood the place".

The Americans open on Saturday against China, a team they beat by 49 and 50 points in exhibition play. They piled up easy victories in those contests, but the travel was starting to get to them.

"You have to worry about everybody", forward Draymond Green said.

"Jim Tooley, the head of USA Basketball has a great saying and reminds me every day, 'you know it is not whether you win or lose; until you lose'".

They were perfection on the court, or as close as I'm ever going to see. "The last time I was on a boat was in 2004 in Athens when we stayed on the Queen Mary". They're on a ship again, along with the U.S. women's team, in part because of a shortage of hotel space compared to recent hosts Beijing and London, and Anthony doesn't see why it's such a big deal.

"USA Basketball teams haven't stayed in the Olympic Village since the 1988 teams did", says the federation's chief media officer, Craig Miller. "It's big, but not too big". "We're docked. We have the same amenities as if we were staying in the hotel". But the swimmer expected to be the breakout star is Katie Ledecky, who has never lost a final of a major meet and has the 11 fastest times in the world in the 800 freestyle.

"I know what it felt like when kind of the rest of the world was supposedly catching up with the USA as far as from a basketball standpoint".

The men will be attempting to win a third straight gold medal.

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