Many players in the NBA smoke weed- according to former NBA player Jay Williams it is between 75%-80% of the league- but who are the best players to get high? I have eliminated low-end players from the equation - WEEDed them out, I guess you could say- so who will it be? Which players are Blazers in more ways than jersey? Let’s get it to it.
(Note: I, or my employers at FadeawayWorld.com, condone and not participate in the use of Cannabis)
(Remember that 13 players suit up for a game, so 13 players will be on this roster)
Honorable mention - Andrew Bogut
WHY - Well, according to Tim McMahon:
Honorable bong's mention - Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah spotted in his natural habitat - shopping for bongs.
COACH - Steve Kerr
WHY - Kerr opened up about taking medicinal marijuana for back pain:
"I guess maybe I could even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried [marijuana] twice during the last year and a half when I've been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I've been dealing with," Kerr told host (Of a CSN Bay Area Podcast) Monte Poole.
"A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if I would -- maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it, and it didn't help at all. But it was worth it, because I'm searching for answers on pain. But I've tried painkillers and drugs of other kinds, as well, and those have been worse. It's tricky."
PG - Jason Williams
WHY - White chocolate was having more than just chocolate, as he was kicked off his college team for twice testing positive for marijuana, and suspended 5 games in 2000 for violating the league’s drug policy.
PG - Steve Nash
WHY: (via marijuana.com):
“A Weedmaps source was at a club celebrating Jason Richardson’s birthday when Nash (playing in Phoenix with J-Rich and Amar’e at the time) suddenly turned to him. The club smelled like bud, so Nash asked him if he had a bowl. In astonishment, our source asked if he smoked.
Nash’s response: “I’m from Vancouver, bro.”
PG - Stephon Marbury
WHY - (via a TMZ report):
“I smoke marijuana … yep … you saw me,” Steph said. “I’m not under contract… I smoke weed occasionally... I’m not driving… I’m following the rules.”
SG - Allen Iverson
WHY - Iverson was arrested in 1997 for Marijuana possession. He plays both guard spots, so we can put him here.
SG - JR Smith
WHY - Do we really need to ask this question? Here’s one example:(From 2015)
Interviewer- “What do you think about Ohio not passing that marijuana-legalization initiative?
JR Smith - “Man, if you’d passed it, I wouldn’t have to leave in the off-season!”
No, he isn’t as good as a player like AI, but he gets on here based purely on entertainment value.
SF - LeBron James
WHY - Now, hold your horses - yes, LBJ smoked as a junior in high school. No, it wasn’t in the NBA, but on a list of the Top NBA Smokers, LeBron has to be there.
SF - Carmelo Anthony
WHY- Through a report by ESPN.com, in ’04:
Carmelo Anthony was cited for marijuana possession while boarding the team plane last week, though the Denver Nuggets star says the bag was left in his backpack by a friend.
Anthony, 20, was issued a summons last Friday at Denver International Airport while the Nuggets were waiting to board a flight to Milwaukee for a preseason game.
"I am innocent of this charge because I did not use or intentionally possess marijuana. I had no idea that there was marijuana in my backpack," Anthony read from a statement before Thursday's exhibition game in Los Angeles against the Clippers. "I sincerely regret any embarrassment this unfortunate incident has had on my family, supporters and the Denver Nuggets organization. They have always stood by me, and that means the world to me."
PF - Robert Parish
WHY - (through an AP report in 1993):
Boston Celtic center Robert Parish, the oldest player in the NBA (39 years old), will be charged today with possession of marijuana after authorities found the drug at his home and in a package addressed to him.
The case began in San Francisco on Wednesday night, when a drug-sniffing dog detected marijuana in a Federal Express package addressed to Parish.
The information was relayed to police in Massachusetts, and when the package arrived at a Federal Express facility in Natick, a police dog again detected marijuana.
Police obtained a search warrant, opened the package and found it contained several ounces of marijuana, said Kurt Schwartz, an Essex County assistant district attorney.
PF - Chris Webber
WHY - (Via 1998 report by the Baltimore Sun)
What began as a morning drive to the MCI Center yesterday resulted in the arrest of Washington Wizards forward Chris Webber, who faces nine criminal misdemeanor charges, including possession of marijuana and assault on a Prince George's County police officer, county police reported.
C - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
WHY - (Via ABC news)
The basketball great has said in the past that he uses the drug to alleviate migraine headaches, which have bothered him for years. “I use it to control the nausea which comes with the headaches,” he said at a book signing earlier this year.
C - Bill Walton
WHY- Via Bleacher Report and HealthyCeleb in 2012:
The two-time NBA champion is a very familiar name when it comes to smoking weed. Many consider him as a real hippie since he lived in the 70s and had fun with marijuana. His coach at the UCLA – John Wooden, confirmed that he was the only player that was allowed to smoke weed. Alongside his pot adventures, he is well informed regarding the legalization of marijuana. Bill is also an activist.
C - Rasheed Wallace
WHY - (Via ESPNCDN.com)
Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallaceeadmitted smoking marijuana to a Washington state trooper during a traffic stop last week, police said Tuesday. the driver, passed a field sobriety test at the scene; the others were not given alcohol tests, March said.Officers used a drug-sniffing dog to search the car and found about 1 gram of marijuana, March said.
"They were asked whether or not they were smoking,'' he said. "Apparently Wallace admitted first that he was smoking and then Stoudamire and the driver, Edward, later admitted they were smoking.''
According to police reports, Stoudamire and Wallace eventually told officers they had been smoking marijuana, but had finished it all.
"Stoudamire hesitantly admitted that marijuana had been smoked in the vehicle, but stated that it had all been burned up and/or smoked,'' the report reads. Later, Wallace told officers "they had smoked one 'J' but that all the drug was gone, according to the report.
But Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney Jeremy Randolph said Wallace wasn't completely truthful in his answer to police.
"The question (the trooper asked) was, is there any more (marijuana) left and they said, 'No we smoked it all up,''' Randolph said. "And unfortunately they obviously hadn't.''
C - Larry Sanders
WHY - You knew he was coming. This promising young big retired early due to depression and personal issues-and to smoke weed-and in and after his NBA career, he was very supportive of Cannabis. After being sentenced to a five game suspension, he said this:
"It's something I feel strongly about, just to let you know something personal about me," Sanders said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel and nba.com. "I will deal with the consequences from it. It's a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I'm going to use it. I study it and I know the benefits it has. In a lot of ways we've been deprived. You can't really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing. The stigma is that it's illegal. I hate that. Once this becomes legal, this all will go away. But I understand for my work it's a banned substance. I will deal with the consequences and I apologize again to my fans for that."
Well, that about wraps this up. To reiterate, neither I nor my employers at FadeawayWorld.com endorse the use of Cannabis.