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J.R. Smith reveals players were getting high every night in the bubble: "We was blowing it down in there"

J.R. got honest and spoke about breaking the stigma of weed as a drug.
J.R. became a meme once again in the bubble, and now we can confirm the reason behind it.

J.R. became a meme once again in the bubble, and now we can confirm the reason behind it.

The NBA Bubble seems like long time ago, but not even two years have passed since the unique idea of the NBA to finish the 2020 season in Orlando took place. Most NBA players don't reminisce fondly of that experience, and even LeBron, who won his 4th ring there, has PTSD from the city of Orlando. It certainly wasn't easy to stay in closed quarters for so long, but at least they had the freedom to relax however they wanted in between practices and games, as revealed by J.R. Smith.

J.R.'s bubble experience

Former NBA player, and current college golfer, J.R. Smith recently went on the ALL THE SMOKE Podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson and shared a few gems from his career and life. Barnes was curious if J.R. and other players were smoking it up in the bubble, and Smith fired away with no hesitation:

"Aw yeah. We was blowing it down in there. That was the only way you could really function in that joint."


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Many fans don't remember that J.R. Smith was a part of that Lakers bubble team that went all the way, but considering he appeared in six games for 13.2 minutes per game, nobody can fault them. Still, he was there and a part of the team, serving as that veteran presence on the bench, bringing up the chemistry.

The mental aspect

The NBA, throughout its history, has always been anti-weed, testing regularly and fining players. But when the bubble came into place, even the league realized the state of the situation. So they decided to stop testing for marijuana since then, which is active to this day.

Smoking weed has always been a taboo topic and public secret in the NBA world, as it is widely known that the majority of the league smokes. But now, players can be much more open about it and don't fear consequences. J.R. also spoke about breaking the stigma and how that affected the performance of players in a better way.

"It was cool. I'm glad it happened because it finally broke that barrier and that stigma that you couldn't play and all of this; it was a drug, it was this and that. But when you go to the bubble basketball, some of them dudes was — granted, it was like practice games, and some of them really can't play that well in front of 30,000 — but at the same time, you saw some of the best level of basketball." J.R. explained.

Being locked into one place and having to solely focus on basketball and away from your home and families was mentally challenging for players. Having the ability to relax however they wanted definitely helped to cope with that. And it seems it made some players feel more comfortable, explaining numerous amazing performances from guys you wouldn't expect.

It's great that the stigma of weed and its usage has become much less controversial in today's NBA and accepted, as it can be very helpful in coping with the challenges of being an NBA player in a healthy measure.

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