USA basketball stars stay on Rio cruise ship but Jimmy Butler fears water

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The US men’s basketball team caused a stir when they announced they’d be staying on a luxury cruise ship rather than roughing it in the Olympic village. But Jimmy Butler, the Chicago Bulls star, might have wished his team were with the other athletes in the spartan Rio dorms – he’s not a fan of the water.

“Jimmy Butler doesn’t like water,” DeAndre Jordan told Sports Illustrated. “So we were talking about: ‘Would you jump off the boat or would you get in?’ [Butler] says: ‘No, and don’t play with me about it.’ He definitely does not like the water at all.”

Butler, a two-time NBA all-star, apparently dislikes the water so much that he’s asked for a room without a view.

“[Jimmy] don’t want to be near the water,” Draymond Green said. “He doesn’t want his room facing the water. Nothing. It’s incredible to me.”

The Silver Cloud, which docked at the city’s port at the weekend, can accommodate up to 400 people in its 196 cabins, and the US women’s team are staying there too. But the federation’s chief media officer rejected the notion that the US team was being pampered. “USA basketball teams haven’t stayed in the Olympic Village since the 1988 teams did,” Craig Miller said. “Our teams are extremely active in supporting their US team-mates.”

USA start their campaign on Saturday against China.

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