Former NBA Player Admits To Smoking Cannabis Before Games

Posted on January 31 2017

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Former NBA player Stephen Jackson recently recalled in an interview having smoked marijuana from an early age, further stating that he had continued to do so throughout his career, even admitting to being high during games at times. Alongside this, he even says that his coach at the time of the 2007-2008 season for The Golden State Warriors, Don Nelson, was not only completely cool with him smoking, but also suggests that Nelson may have smoked with the players at times.

Jackson recalls a time after a drug test, saying, “So me and Baron are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited, right, with our last pink slip saying we could smoke for the rest of the season. And Don Nelson hauls ass down there giving us high-fives like, 'Yeah, we can smoke now!' It was cool, the fact that he knows what's going on off the court with his players, which was great, man. We enjoyed it. And that's why we were a great team."

Not only does this show how cool a coach Nelson was, but it also shows the impact his attitude had on his players. As Jackson states, the bond Nelson shared with his players extended beyond the court and was more like a friendship, thus meaning that players would be willing to work harder and play better for him.

Jackson further goes on to say that occasionally marijuana would impact negatively on his game, being too high, whereas others it really wouldn’t make any difference. He suggested it shouldn’t be banned but also warned that a certain level of tolerance to cannabis would be essential to smoking and playing well.

 

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