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    Stephen Jackson admits he smoked marijuana before a few games, played high

    During the long grind of the season, the NBA is about recovery. Itís why getting players enough sleep ó changing travel schedules around, canceling shootarounds, etc. ó has increasingly become a focus of NBA teams. Sleep is the best thing for recovery.

    Would marijuana use help with that? Would it be less toxic to playersí systems than some of the pain killers they take now? Iím not a doctor, Iím not about to play one on the Internet, but itís an interesting discussion.

    Former NBA star Stephen Jackson said he thought it was helpful while joining Michael Rapaportís podcast ďI AM RAPAPORTĒ where Jackson also said Don Nelson was cool with the players smoking off the court, and sure he did play high a few times. (Hat tip to CBSSports.comís James Herbert for the transcription.)

    ďListen, man, one thing about basketball, itís no PEDs, no steroids, itís nothing like that,Ē Jackson said. ďFrom my experience in the league, players that Iíve been around, guys donít even really drink ó some guys do drink, some guys donít smoke. I think itís 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.

    ďA lot of guys do it because thatís the best way to relax,Ē he continued. ďYou take so much stuff to get up for the games, and guys donít like taking all those pills and stuff to heal. Go home, smoke your blunt, man. Youíll sleep goodÖ.

    ďI canít speak for nobody else,Ē Jackson said. ďMe personally, Iíve done a lot of só before games sometimes and still was out there to go out there and be productive. I just gotta be real, you know, itís been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games. Itís been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes, sitting on the sideline, saying, ĎPlease calm down, this high has to calm down.í I done shot three shots that went over the backboard.Ē

    Jackson said Don Nelson used to talk openly with the players about marijuana use. I doubt he had those conversations with Gregg Popovich.

    And Jackson tells a good story.

    Youíre living in a bubble if you donít think a few players in every professional sport on the planet play high sometimes, as well as get high off the court/field/track. That doesnít make it common anywhere. If you think it happens more in the NBA than the NFL or top European soccer leagues, that speaks more to your perceptions and biases about NBA players than it does reality.

    However, as marijuana continues its march to being legal in the United States ó it will be, despite what some in power now may want to see, look at the age breakdowns of who supports and opposes it becoming legal ó it is something all sports leagues are going to have to deal with. Itís never going to be okay with the leagues to have players take the field high, thatís an injury liability, but as attitudes toward off-court use change leagues will need to change.

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    This is interesting. Couple things I enjoyed most from this is Don Nelson turned a blind eye to it all and about one reason why they do it, bc they get so jacked up pregame they need something to bring them back to earth.

    He claims it happens more in NFL or European soccer, which might be the case but I wonder how he would know??


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    This is interesting. Couple things I enjoyed most from this is Don Nelson turned a blind eye to it all and about one reason why they do it, bc they get so jacked up pregame they need something to bring them back to earth.

    He claims it happens more in NFL or European soccer, which might be the case but I wonder how he would know??


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    Athletes talk there was one NFL player who anonymously said that it made him play better not sure who it was but since this was the 2013 season many joked it was Manning(but I doubt it)

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    The worst thing about him playing high, is that fans paid to watch that. No, I don't think a player should be smoking and certainly not getting high or drunk before a game. Not when, as a fan, I'm paying perhaps hundreds of dollars to watch the team lose because he's not on his A game.

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    I don't feel one bit of remorse that I quit following the Pacers for years and years after that brawl season. Stuff like this just backs me up.

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    Is anyone remotely surprised? My least favorite Pacer ever.
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    I am pretty sure I attended one of those games of his. You'd have to be high to be doing some of the things he did in that game.
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    No big deal.. many of us have tried it and still were able to drain our buckets.

    Never really cared for SJax, but appreciate his candidness.

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    Athletes talk there was one NFL player who anonymously said that it made him play better not sure who it was but since this was the 2013 season many joked it was Manning(but I doubt it)
    Yeah, but he says theres more. Just seems like speculation.
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    I'm guessing November 19, 2004 was not one of those games.

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    I'm guessing November 19, 2004 was not one of those games.
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    No big deal.. many of us have tried it and still were able to drain our buckets.

    Never really cared for SJax, but appreciate his candidness.
    Apparently you didn't read the part where Jackson admitted that sometimes it affected his game negatively in a big way. Deny all you want, but that is cheating fans that pay their hard earned money for the game.

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    Right. Soon you'll be telling Tinsley smoked pot.

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    This is the least surprising thing ever.


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    So how much of that rationalization that seemingly lots of players did it is simply projection? Sjax did it so he assumes most are just like him and did it too...

    And of the ones he's right about, how many never would've dreamed of playing high but since he did it he projects that onto others as well?

    I'm sure here and there, a one-off situation might've happened for whatever reason for several players. Not a majority though. And not as a semi-regular thing as Sjax wants to believe because he did it.

    That team was simply a mess. JO, Tinsley, and SJax.... all on the same team with a mentally unstable Artest. Poor Reggie.
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    I mean, that's just a waste of a high Stack

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    Doesn't strike me as that big of a deal, I don't know.. He's not the only Pacer to have laced them up after smoking weed and he wont be the last either. He just seems to be more of an attention whore about it honestly.
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    Apparently you didn't read the part where Jackson admitted that sometimes it affected his game negatively in a big way. Deny all you want, but that is cheating fans that pay their hard earned money for the game.
    Pffft, whatever. None of the fans could tell the difference and if they could, that's as entertaining as most run of the mill random regular season games.

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    The worst thing about him playing high, is that he didn't share with the fans.
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    I have never done drugs but if I was a player I rather get high with weed than pain killers or legal drugs, pain killers can destroy you.
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    First thing I thought was "man, if they were smoking in the locker room, nobody outside the locker room smelled the pungent odor of (assuming he had the good stuff) weed? Or did they just turn a blind eye ?
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    Athletes talk there was one NFL player who anonymously said that it made him play better not sure who it was but since this was the 2013 season many joked it was Manning(but I doubt it)
    While I wouldn't expect this to normally be the case it is possible, especially in a sport like football. Getting high might make it easier for that player to just play on instinct. I forget what it is called, but it is possible, in extremely rare cases, to develop a skill that you can only do well while in an altered state of mind.

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    I have no issue with players smoking pot any more than I do if they drink, both are legal in most states now. I do have an issue with any player being high while they're playing. I've seen guys trying to play when they're high and it obviously effects your decision making and reaction time. IMO it's not even debatable if this is o.k. The nba is a better place without Jackson and this is one of the least reasons why.
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