Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) hugs Jazz’s Trey Lyles (41) after the Warriors’ 121-95 win over Utah in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 8, 2017.
Kevin Durant does not seem to count himself among the Warriors worried about the nightlife situation in Salt Lake City.
Some Golden State players made headlines last week for their concern over a boring trip to Utah during the Warriors eventual sweep of the Jazz. Salt Lake City residents responded with a bit of ire over that worry.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dismissed such troubles and now Durant has done the same via his latest YouTube live stream.
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“Shout out to Utah Jazz — they’re a tough, tough group of guys,” Durant said Wednesday. “I really have a lot of respect for them, their whole organization, that city. I know you heard a lot about the nightlife, but there’s a lot to offer in Utah and Salt Lake City.”
Durant complimented the Jazz despite the team razzing the Warriors’ Matt Barnes — who originated the “no nightlife in Utah” thread — with T-shirts for fans that read “#Nightlife.”
“The fans, the organization and those players — I gained a lot of respect,” Durant said. “More respect that I had for them. I always had respect for they way they played but it just took it up another level when you play them in the playoffs. So much respect to the Jazz. We might have won in a sweep but every game as tough, every game was a grind, every game they brought the best out of us. Nothing but respect for the Jazz.”
And respect for their Salt Lake City surroundings, too.