The Utah Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in seven games yesterday. But, if the Golden State Warriors could have had any say … they would have wanted the Clippers to come out victorious.
Not because of the team. But, because of the nightlife.
No comparison. There’s no such thing, man,” Warriors’ forward Matt Barnes told ESPN. “There’s no nightlife in Utah. Obviously as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers. That’s my former team and my kids are out there. But as far as nightlife, there’s no comparison to nightlife in Utah and L.A.”
“The problem with Utah is that you’re just sitting there and your mind is like dead, because in L.A., you still got energy for the game,” Andre Iguodala said. “Because you’re in L.A., you’re like, ‘Man, this is just the vibe in L.A.’ but in Utah, it can kind of lull you to sleep. And then you’ve slept too long or I’m bored out of my mind and now you got to try to pump yourself up for the game. You know you’re in the playoffs and you’re supposed to be pumped anyway, but the vibe is just like, ‘Man, let’s just get out of here.'”
Acting coach Mike Brown sees it differently:
“See, I disagree,” Brown said of Salt Lake City’s “boring” perception. “I think if you really want to find something to get into, I don’t care where you are, you can find something to get into.”
“You sit in your room,” Barnes said on Sunday. “I think there’s an Olive Garden out there and then a Benihana. So, you’ll definitely be locked in [on the game] all the way. L.A., you have a few more dinner options. You’ve got the beach right there and the sun, and I got family. I think as players, we’re pulling to go to L.A.”
League Security Officials have called Utah “security heaven”, due to its rules and how the city acts. There are unique restaurants, bars, and other places. And it kept very clean. But there aren’t the same volume of things to do and a buzz like a LA or NYC.
“The challenges in L.A. are obvious,” Iguodala said. “Before you know it, it’s 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and you didn’t even realize it was that late because there’s so much to do. You can do whatever. It doesn’t even have to be anything that exerts energy as far as body movement, but mentally you can exert energy because you’re interacting with different people. You’re out, and then that could lead to trouble.”
To the outsider, and not a typical NBA fan, the Warriors come off as cocky and arrogant. They come off as a team that knows they are going to win and a team that likes what they are doing after the game, than the preparation itself. Yes, teams need “something” to unwind, but they way Barnes and Iguodala come off in their quotes is that they are bummed because there is not anything to do.
Also, this is giving the Utah Jazz and their fans bulletin board material. Yes, the Warriors are not talking about a team or a player; but they are bashing the state and city a team is in. They are going after a place, and the Jazz fans will want to show that they can be just like any city in giving their hometown team a home court advantage.
The Warriors look like a team destined to win. They play hard and make swift work of their opponents. Plus, with coach Steve Kerr dealing with issues from a back surgery, they have even more to play for. They might just want to not bash the state of Utah so much…