Stephen Jackson smoked weed before NBA games? Well, are you shocked? I for sure am not. Recently on the I Am Rapaport Podcast (http://www.iamrapaport.com/) with Michael Rapaport (yes, the extremely New York guy from the film “White Man Can’t Jump” and frequent guest on Pardon My Take and ESPN) Stephen Jackson hopped on to discuss stories from his NBA career. No guys, it wasn’t about the Malice at the Palace, it was about how him and Baron Davis used to smoke the devils lettuce during the season and before games. Below is a quote from the podcast:
“Nobody knows this story, so this is the first time somebody is hearing this. We’re in Utah and the 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 Baron 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 hi-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. That’s why we were a great team.”
“I can’t speak for nobody else. Me personally, I’ve done a lot of shit before games sometimes and still was able 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, ‘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.’”
Let’s break this down, shall we?
How chill of a dude must Don Nelson be? Allowing his guys to smoke a lil dope before games, let alone during the majority of the season. I wish my college swim coach were more like Don, maybe she wouldn’t have suspended me for the season after I got caught running away from Campus Security on my long board (suh, dude?) after smoking a bowl with my pals. SAD!
Baron Davis smoking weed is the least surprising fact I’ve heard all week. You can just tell by the looks of some players, such as Klay Thompson. He looks blazed all the time. Plus Klay just shoots whenever he touches the ball which is very similar to myself and many others on the local basketball court after a pregame smoke. The ball hits your hands and with no regard for anyone else, you toss-up that 35 foot 3pt in a 3v3 half court game and, of course, air-balling miserably.
I need someone to track down some game tape of when Stephen Jackson “done shot three shots that went over the backboard” and proceeded to be benched to “calm down”. That almost can not be possible for an NBA player. I don’t think I’ve ever done that more than once in a pickup game, and if I did I was most definitely hacked by the hardo who plays football but doesn’t know basketball rules and pretty much tackles you if you go into the paint. I mean sure, Patrick Ewing tossed two miserable free throws in Space Jam after his powers got taken away but that my friend is an actual excuse. By the way, the ref saying “C’mon Patrick it’s showtime” after the first one is laugh out lot funny. Gets me every time.
Lastly I want to discuss who we would put on our All NBA Pothead Team since I am sure that is what’s on everyone’s mind.
Bill Walton – If you haven’t tuned into a 10 pm EST PAC 12 College Basketball Game on ESPN2, than you need to. The dude talks about The Grateful Dead and China more than the game itself. He’s also ripped the NCAA about punishing players for smoking weed on a live broadcast. And he’s probably wearing a tie dye shirt. Nothing screams “I smoke weed more than tie dye expect maybe those drug rug hoodies
Rasheed Wallace – Center. Member of the “Jail Blazers” with Damon Stoudamire back in 2002 After a game they decided to skip the team bus and go home on their own, then proceeded to get caught with 40 grams of bud. He ended up getting caught 3 more times over the next year or so.
Larry Sanders – The only guy that I know of that loved weed so much that it took him out of the NBA. I guess he has some other problems going on with depression but that’s not what I care about. The man literally quit basketball just to smoke weed more to “feel better”. I don’t know about you guys but getting paid to play basketball and smoking weed seems like the perfect medicine to depression.
Stephon Marbury – We’ll keep it simple and sweet, ee also was caught on camera smoking a joint saying “I smoke marijuana, yea, you saw me”. That’s my kind of star right there.
Robert “The Chief” Parish – Okay anyone with the nickname “Chief”, in my pea-brain, makes me think of an Indian Chief smoking a huge doobie sitting around the fire. By some reports, Parrish smoked weed after games to relax. 4 NBA Rings for “The Chief” and people say potheads are useless to society.
Honorary 6th man Mention: Jason “White Chocolate” Williams – Got caught in college twice and ended up being kicked off his team (I feel your pain bro) and was caught, suspended in the NBA briefly in 2000. A man with his kind of creative passing and dribbling ability had to be stoned. He was practically breakdancing on the court and still boudin’ on these dudes. Had to be blazed coming up with these moves. HAD TO.
Who would you have in your starting 5 and 6th man for your All NBA Pothead team? Leave it in the comment section below or take it to Twitter @EntryRevel.