Stephen Jackson: I Played NBA Games When I Was High

Former NBA star, Stephen Jackson, explains what it was like to play in a game after smoking a blunt, and cannabis use in the league.

Feb 12, 2017

Former Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson did an appearance on Michael Rapaport’s “I AM RAPAPORT” podcast. He shared his favorite memories involving the former coach of the Warriors, Don Nelson. Not only did Jackson have fond memories of getting drunk with his coach, but the two also apparently really loved cannabis.

Stephen Jackson tells his cannabis story

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In the podcast, Jackson expresses his opinion on cannabis use around the NBA and as a substitute for many pharmaceuticals. The former NBA player even admitted to smoking before some games.

Here’s Jackson’s story about his cannabis use in the NBA and the many instances in which he claims it helped other players in the league.

This is crazy, nobody knows this story, so this is the first time somebody is hearing this story. We’re in Utah and the drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test, so we can smoke, right?

And 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 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.

The podcast then moved into a direction that began to discuss the popularity of cannabis in the league and how much the public didn’t know.

Listen, man, one thing about basketball, it’s no PEDs, no steroids, it’s nothing like that. From my experience in the league, players that I’ve been around, guys don’t even really drink – some guys do drink, some guys don’t smoke. I think it’s a higher percentage of guys that smoke than drink.

I know coming in, especially in my time, everybody smoked. After games, when I came into the league, there was only one drug test. And that was in the beginning of the season, in training camp. You knew when it was coming. You could smoke the rest of the season. That was the good days.

A lot of guys do it because that’s the best way to relax. You take so much stuff to get up for the games, and guys don’t like taking all those pills and stuff to heal. Go home, smoke your blunt, man. You’ll sleep good.

Without even being asked, Jackson then admitted to something that came out of nowhere.

I can’t speak for nobody else. Me personally, I’ve done a lot of shit before games sometimes and still was out there to go out there and be productive.

I just gotta be real, you know, it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games. It’s been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes, sitting on the sideline, saying, ‘Please calm down, this high has to calm down.’ I done shot three shots that went over the backboard.

Listen to the full interview on the “I AM RAPAPORT” podcast.

Feb 12, 2017