Stephen Jackson: “I’ve Smoked Before Games”


Ex-NBA player Stephen Jackson said on Michael Rappaport’s podcast that he would occasionally smoke before games.

“I just gotta be real, you know, it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games,” Jackson said on the podcast, which was posted Friday. “It’s been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes sitting on the sideline, ‘Please calm down. This high has to calm down’ — I done shot three shots that went over the backboard, like, I’m going to be honest, like, ‘Ahh, I gotta calm down.'”

Another thing that came from this story is that we found out that Don Nelson, former coach of the Golden State Warriors was a pretty cool dude.

“We’re in Utah, and the [league’s] drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test so we can smoke, right? Don Nelson, we talked about weed all the time. He was cool with talking about weed. We got our last test in Utah, right? So me and [teammate] Baron [Davis] are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited 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!'” Jackson recalled. “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. That’s why we were a great team.”

Jackson didn’t have terrible numbers during his career. He averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game over his 14-year career.  In his time with the Warriors, he even helped to lead the underdog Warriors to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round of the 2006-07 playoffs.

NBA commissioner is known to be the “coolest” commissioner out of the four major sports. The NBA might possibly be the first league to allow recreational marijuana use. I don’t see a problem with it. Let the players do what they want. Also, I wouldn’t mind seeing the start of games where players are just chucking up shots from half court. My prediction it will be less than 5 years before Marijuana is legal for NBA players.

The NBA is about to get a whole lot more interesting.


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