More and more players are using modern media possibilities to develop their brand and doing so, giving us a glance behind the curtain. One of the most fascinating issues is one KD talked about recently, use of marijuana.
In a Bleacher Report story, Matt Barnes, Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin, and Cuttino Mobley talked about their use during their playing career and after it. It would appear more players use it than not. Not surprising, Barnes was very open about smoking during his career:
My whole life really, from high.school, college to the pros.
We'd have shootaround, I'd go home, smoke a joint, take a nap, shower. Shower was important, shower wake me back up, and go to the game.
All my best games, I was medicated.
Kenyon Martin also said he didn't have a habit of smoking before games, but he recalled of a game against Indiana where he was feeling a hamstring or a hip and rolled one up. By his recollection, he had a double-double, around 24 points.
You are probably wondering how did he not get caught? The players elaborated that in the early 2000s they would only have one preseason test for marijuana and that was it. After that, you knew you were good for the year. The policy changed when steroid scandals started appearing in baseball.
In their time, the early to mid-2000s, they estimate 85% of the league smoked, and when they say league, they mean league — coaches, GM's and team presidents as well.
It goes deeper than you think, some of these people that are cracking the whip and suspending us are smoking weed.
The players agreed that legalization would be very beneficial because it would help people learn and be knowledgeable. They believe it would result in better, smarter use compared to the current situation.
They advocate for its use both its physical and mental benefits. Martin pointed out he had several painful surgeries on knees and ankles, still played after them and is pain-free today. Barnes pointed out he went through the passing of his mother, the whole Derek Fisher thing, his life being examined by media and remained sane throughout the entire process in part thanks to weed. (Mobley asked him was he smoking on the drive to the house, he said he was smoking the night before and had 2Pac on the radio so "(Fisher) didn't stand a chance").
Al Harrington started to speak up about the use of marijuana, has a marijuana business and spoke to David Stern about the issue so we can say he has the knowledge to give us a reliable prediction. He believes the NBA will allow CBD's (cannabinoids), and thus follow the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Olympic committee.
P.S. If the league allows weed, let's have all the owners, GM's and coaches test before the policy is implemented. That would be interesting.