(KUTV) Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes was rooting for the L.A. Clippers to finish off the Utah Jazz in Game 7 of their playoff series over the weekend.
Not because he fears the Jazz, but because he wants a cool place to drink. Barnes told ESPN's Chris Haynes that he didn’t want to come to Utah for the Western Conference Semifinals because, "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," Barnes told Haynes. "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."
We hit the streets of Salt Lake to see what people thought about that comment. Flo suggested the Warriors players could go to Temple Square, or some of the museums or, — with a laugh — the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point.
Michael Williams, the trolley conductor and owner of City Sights trolley tours says he heard about the comments but says, Utah has a lot of culture and history, and he says, if the Warriors players wanted to drinking in more of the city, and less champaign, they might actually like the state.
“They’re a lot of stuff here that will impress people if they just take the time to look,” Williams said.