Discussions seeing the utilization of weed as a more secure pain-relief elective have turned out to be more common in the NBA since Golden State Warriors head mentor Steve Kerr recognized toward the beginning of December he had a go at utilizing it to treat endless back torment, and previous NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups talked up on the theme Friday.
Showing up on ESPN’s NBA Countdown (h/t Complex’s Dana Scott), Billups told a board that included Tracy McGrady, Jalen Rose and Michelle Beadle that the NBA ought to investigate authorizing cannabis as a route for players to maintain a strategic distance from addictive painkillers:
For medicinal use, I think we absolutely need to have that conversation. 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 Jason Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, that talked about him being addicted to oxycontin and pain pills, and it would have been much better and much easier thing to have marijuana as a relief.
Billups additionally revealed that marijuana helped some of his previous colleagues unwind when they were managing pregame nervousness.
“I had teammates. … I actually wanted them to smoke; they played better like that,” he said. “It helped them focus in on the game plan. … I needed them to do that. I would rather them [smoke] sometimes than drink.”
In May 2015, TMZ Sports surveyed 10 unknown NBA players who were collectively joined in their support of therapeutic weed authorization for players in the Association.
While the league has yet to indicate it’s ready to legalize medical marijuana for players as a pain-relief alternative, the NBA does have one of the more lenient marijuana policies among major professional sports leagues.
Players are fined $25,000 for a second positive marijuana test and suspended for five games for a third positive test, according to Yahoo Sports’ Kelly Dwyer.
Taking after the section of a few November tally measures, therapeutic pot is lawful in 28 states, while recreational weed is lawful in eight.