Salt Lake City officials assure Kevin Durant and the Warriors they can have a ball in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Not surprisingly, many Warriors players hoped to be spending their Western Conference Semifinals leisure time in Los Angeles rather than Utah.
Some Warriors complained “there’s nothing to do in Utah,” as they begrudgingly planned for games in Salt Lake City on Saturday and Monday.
Well, cheer up, Warriors. It turns out there’s plenty of fun to be had in Salt Lake City. It’s not like 1.1 million people live there because they have to, right?
No one asked Scott Beck, but as the president and CEO of “Visit Salt Lake,” he felt compelled to share with the Warriors a video showing all of the fun possibilities that await them this weekend.
(We can’t be sure, but it seems Beck and his staff may be trolling the Warriors even more at the video’s 1:40 mark by showing Jazz forward Derrick Favors dunking over Kevin Durant, while Durant was with Oklahoma City).
Beck personally reached out to the Warriors and their followers on Tuesday with this note:
Dear Golden State Warrior players, coaches and fans,
On behalf of Utah’s capital city, we can’t wait to host you in Salt Lake this weekend. We appreciate your concern that there’s nothing to do in Salt Lake, so much so that we’ve created a little video for you confirming the fact that, indeed, ‘There’s Nothing To Do In Salt Lake.’ Enjoy!
And just in case you do stumble across something to do while here in Salt Lake, all of our bartenders and servers are on notice to keep you up late!
Cheers, and GO JAZZ!”
Of course, “late” is a relative term in Salt Lake City. One of the things Beck didn’t mention is that Utah’s strict alcohol laws forbid any alcohol to be served after 1 a.m.
Leave it to Stephen Curry to put it all into proper perspective.
“Guys are disciplined. They know how to handle themselves in whatever city,” Curry told ESPN. “Obviously, most of the guys here are more familiar with L.A. than Salt Lake City. But at the end of the day, if you’re worried about extracurricular during the playoffs and that’s your priority, then you got it twisted already. It’s a business trip wherever we end up going. We’ll be ready.”