Stephen Jackson Tells Story on How Don Nelson Let Him & Baron Davis Smoke Weed Before Games

Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors, Game 4

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson was a certified hot-head during his time in the NBA.  And according to him,  he was pretty much high during some games because his coach at the time allowed it.

Last week, he was a guest on Michael Rapaport’s podcast and shared a glorious story of how former NBA head coach Don Nelson would allow him, Baron Davis, and others to get high before stepping on the court.

“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.”

Jackson continued:

“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.’”

Jackson recently tried to attempt an NBA comeback, but it didn’t work out.

At least we’ll always have this story.


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