Stephen Jackson, a famous American professional basketball player who has been retired since 2015, has recently announced that he often smoked weed before games. He played 14 seasons in the NBA and won an NBA championship as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2003. Below are some confessions about using cannabis from one of the most successful American basketball players.
During the I Am Rapoport stereo podcast, Stephen Jackson admitted using weed before hitting the court, and at least one of the coaches knew about it. He told a story about taking a drug test in Utah, where he and his teammate Baron Davis were excited to pass the last drug test because it meant having the opportunity to smoke marijuana for the rest of the season. Don Nelson, the coach of the team, supported his players and knew that many of them were using weed before the games. Stephen Jackson believes that it was the reason they were such a fantastic team.
As reported by The Fresh Toast, consuming weed prior to a game was a great gamble in terms of the way the player would end up performing that day. There were plenty of times when Stephen Jackson smoked before going onto the court and had extremely productive games. However, there were some games he had to sit out after playing for only a couple of minutes because of being too high.
Currently, the NBA does not allow using either medical or recreational cannabis. The players may be drug tested up to six times a year. Instead, players can take traditional medication to heal. However, many of them still believe cannabis is the best option when it comes to relaxing and improving their health.