LeBron James never, ever wins in Utah. Like, ever.
After last night’s loss to the slumping Jazz, James has now lost eight consecutive road games in Utah’s building. When asked about it after Saturday’s game, LeBron was reportedly not too interested in having fun with the question, via the Athletic:
“I don’t think at the end of my career people are going to say, ‘Oh, you know, LeBron did some great things, but he lost eight in a row versus the Jazz.’ Nah. It is what it is. No one is going to remember that. I don’t think so.”
He’s right that it won’t define his legacy, but it certainly is weird. There’s something about playing in the “Whatever The Hell Utah’s Arena Name Is” Arena (it’s changed three times over the course of this streak) that seems to flummox LeBron’s teams.
It, of course, started with the infamous Sundiata Gaines buzzer beater:
Gordon Hayward continued the tradition of plunging daggers into the hearts of Cavs fans who stayed up late to watch:
It may ultimately be irrelevant, but it would be nice for LeBron to see a road win in Utah. Thank God they’ll never play them in the Finals, because they’d probably have to win every single game at home just to win the series, no matter who’s playing on the other side.