NBA Playoffs 2018: Utah lawyer receives deadline extension because of ‘unforeseen emotional impact’ after Jazz loss
A Utah lawyer received an extension after missing a filing deadline because he was in emotional agony.
The key: he was in agony over a Jazz playoff loss.
The lawyer, Brian King, missed his deadline by 18 minutes, according to a report in the ABA Journal. King is also the minority leader of the Utah House of Representatives.
King filed a motion for an extension where he claimed he took a short break from work to watch the Jazz play the Thunder in the opening-round playoff series.
King saw Utah jump out to a 25-point lead in the second half and the team seemingly cruising to an easy win.
“Disaster then struck,” King wrote in his memo.
Russell Westbrook scored 20 points in the third quarter as Oklahoma City erased its deficit. The Thunder eventually came away with a 107-99 win, tying the third-largest comeback in NBA playoff history.
“Until this point, prospects for the timely submission of the opposition memo were excellent,” King said in his extension request. “But the emotional effect of an eventual Jazz loss (which began at approximately 10 p.m.) was, to say the least, dispiriting.”
“Foreseeable, but unwished for, circumstances, together with unforeseen emotional impact from those circumstances, constitute good cause for this motion.”
King’s motion was granted, as his opposing lawyer did not object because he was also a Jazz fan, according to the Journal’s report.
The Jazz defeated Oklahoma City in Game 6 to advance to the Western Conference second round.