Chauncey Billups Says His Teammates Played Better After They Smoked Weed (Video)
Weed has been a big topic of conversation in NBA circles after Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated he smoked weed to relieve pain after his back surgery last year.
Former Detroit Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups and the NBA Countdown crew gave their thoughts on the topic. Billups comments were especially interesting, as he stated his ex-teammates played much better when they were high on weed.
“I actually wanted them to smoke, they played better like that,” he said. “Big-time anxiety, a lot of things that can be affected, that it brought them down a little bit, helped them focus in a little bit on the game plan. I needed them to do that. I would rather them do that sometimes than drink.”
Billups would rather the NBA not fine and suspend players that use weed for medicinal use, because players can become addicted to the stuff they give out to treat pain.
“For medicinal use, I think we absolutely need to have that conversation,” Billups added. “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.”