Yes, the fact that the US basketball team is going to stay on a luxury cruise liner is a sign that we spend too much money on athletes, at least those that are in the spotlight. Football and basketball players have money thrown at them and spent on them because their sports bring in a lot of money but other athletes are often neglected.
The U.S. basketball team does not need to stay on a luxury cruise liner. Too much money is being spent on athletics. The money that could have been saved by staying at a reasonable hotel could go towards youth athletic programs or scholarships. Athletics are important in U.S. society, but there is no reason to spend to the excess when that money could go toward other programs.
The US basketball team is only taking precautions to keep themselves safe. First, being very tall, they have special needs, and the luxury cruise liner can likely bring in special beds and otherwise take care of them. Second, there are security concerns that surround large gatherings of people. The team will be away from harm by staying at a different location. Finally, there are medical concerns. There is nothing wrong with keeping these athletes safe.
No, in this case the fact that they will be housed on a luxury cruise liner is not proof that we spend too much money on athletes in the U.S. Rather, it is proof that the conditions for athlete housing in Rio this year are subpar. Troubling reports about nonworking toilets, unsafe water, and inadequate accommodations have surfaced, and this is likely the reason behind the U.S. basketball team choosing to stay on a cruise liner. The U.S. simply wants to keep their athletes in safe, sanitary conditions so as not to affect their morale and chances of winning a medal.