Former NBA Player Stephen Jackson says he smoked Marijuana before Games

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on February 01, 2017.

In yet another strange revelation, former NBA player Stephen Jackson said he occasionally smoked marijuana before playing in games. While appearing on the “I Am Rapaport podcast” hosted by actor Michael Rapaport, he talked about his 14-year NBA career including stories about how he smoked marijuana before playing in games.

“I just gotta be real, you know, it's been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games," Jackson said in the podcast, which was posted on Friday. "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 also said on the podcast that former Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson knew that his players were smoking marijuana during the season.

"We're in Utah and the [league's] 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 [teammate] 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!'" Jackson recalled. "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."

The 38-year-old forward played four seasons for the Warriors. He posted 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game during his 14-year illustrious career. Currently, he is working as an analyst for ESPN. In his best season for the Warriors, Jackson put up 20.7 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

Jackson won an NBA championship in 2003 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. He retired in the summer of 2015. He was once suspended for 30 games and charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and battery after punching a fan during the 2004 brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Notably, marijuana remains on the NBA's list of prohibited substances in the new collective bargaining agreement.

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