Stephen Jackson: “I Smoked Before Games and Had Great Games”

If you to guess what NBA player smoked weed before NBA games this side of Michael Beasley, Stephen Jackson would be a top five draft pick. A Hall of Fame member of the NBA’s All-Stoner Team, it’s no surprise that S-Jax smoked a little lot of weed during his journeyman career.

But it’s a little shocking to hear any NBA player–past or present– openly admit that he got lit before NBA games. And that’s exactly what S-Jax just told Michael Rappaport on his podcast:

“I can’t speak for nobody else. Me personally, I’ve done a lot of s— 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.’”

S-Jax was a polarizing force. Some games he’d go like 7/10 from three and drop 30 in his sleep. The next game he’d go 1/15 and score 4 points with 8 turnovers. He was an all-time chucker, and that chucking had apparently lot to do with his blazing. So it sounds like weed was both a performance-enhancer and a hinderance to Jackson.

But there’s more to Jackson’s weed tales in the NBA, and of course this one revolves around former Warriors teammate Baron Davis:

“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 [Davis] 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 high 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.” []

How high do you think Baron Davis and Steve Nash were when they rode on this tandem bicycle for a Step Brothers parody?

ps Don Nelson: keeper of the stoned Warriors. Phil Jackson gets a lot of press as the stoned coach, but what’re the odds Nelson could ever tell these guys with a straight face not to smoke weed or go to clubs. Odds are, being in the Bay Area and on a team with all the talent but no winning ethos, Nelson just hit the pipe himself.



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