The ComeBack- “The Players Association, they need to talk about that with the NBA, because there’s a lot of science behind it . . . because we’ve been through a ton of injuries.
“I’ve seen a piece on (former NBA guard) Jason Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, that talked about him being addicted to oxycontin and pain pills (after a devastating motorcycle accident), and it would have been much better and much easier thing to have marijuana as a relief.”
“I played with players — I’m not going to name names, of course I’m not, I’m not that kind of dude — I wanted them to actually smoke, they played better like that. … It brought them down a little bit, helped them focus in on the game plan. I needed them to do that. I would rather them [smoke] sometimes than drink,” he said.
Pssshhh, snitch. In all seriousness, if anyone thinks this is an exaggeration then I would like to congratulate them on staying away from all the people that their 6th grade health teacher warned them about. As someone who turns into a lifeless calorie dumpster after a hit or two I can't explain why (scientifically or otherwise), but some people just function better in all aspects of life when they are stoned out of their gourd. I certainly don't think that Mr. Big Shot himself was implying that the NBA should become so lax towards marijuana use that the hot boxing of locker rooms would become commonplace. However, anyone who has that friend who only last 2-3 hours in public before needing a couch and a lighter for "medical purposes" knows that at least some NBA players could definitely benefit from some fast acting herbal remedies. Not only that, but watching the hungry, paranoid motherfuckers that couldn't try to play basketball professionally in front of tens-of-thousands of people would be nothing short of must-watch entertainment. Plus, it would certainly encourage an increase in passing...although I don't think it would take too long for perimeter defenses to start prematurely rotating to their right hand side.