Both current and former NBA players have been arrested for marijuana use. Some of them openly discuss the subject and thus the NBA has become synonymous with cannabis. It has even been jokingly suggested that the NBA may rethink its acronym and change it to the National Blunt association.
Most recently discussing marijuana was Uncle Cliffy – the former Portland Trailblazer’s man, Cliff Robinson. His announcement was that he is starting his own growing operation in Portland, Oregon, and that he is entering the business as Uncle Spliffy.
Over the past 20 years, former players are coming out and openly discussing cannabis use off the court during the days as players. And some of them had something rather interesting to say:
“You got guys out there playing high every night” – Charles Oakley, former player of the Raptors, Knicks and the Bulls.
And the former Phoenix Suns guard Richard Dumas, banned two times by the NBA for drug and alcohol abuse, said that “if they tested for pot, there would be no league,” back in 1997.
Robinson’s speech comes some days before the NBA All-star weekend, and it has inspired us to make the NBA All-stoner team, a list of the greatest potheads ever to play in NBA.
One of the greatest ever to play the game, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, has won six championships, he was the league MVP for six years, and is a regular marijuana consumer for decades. In 2000 he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis, but now has a prescription for marijuana to ward off migraines.
Arguably, the greatest college basketball player of all time and an NBA Hall of Famer, Bill Walton has always been open about his marijuana use. He also openly criticized the NCAA’s rules for punishing college players over marijuana use.
Robert “The Chief” Parish is a former Boston Celtics rebounder and shot blocker who has won four championships and appeared in nine all-star games. In 1993 he had troubles with the law as a FedEx box, filled with 4-5 ounces of marijuana, was found in front of his house addressed to him. Afterwards he admitted to smoking cannabis after games to relax, but claimed to have stopped in 1995. “But people don’t believe that,” he said.
After his NBA career, Marbury left the United States and went to dominate in China. He is so famous and dominant there that he has his own museum! In 2009, the TMZ captured him on video smoking a joint, to which he responded “I smoke marijuana … yep … you saw me.”
The Kings guard did not have a really memorable NBA career and is most remembered for his elbow pass in the 2000 All-Star Rookie game. However he earned a spot in the first five for getting kicked out of his college team because he was positive on his marijuana test, TWICE. Also, not to forget he was banned for five NBA games in 2000 for breaking the league’s drug policy.
Rasheed Wallace & Damon Stoudamire
During their time together as members of the Portland Trailblazers, Wallace and Stoudamire were arrested FIVE times in the period of one year. The first was in 2002 after they skipped the team bus and drove from Seattle to Portland, when they were pulled over in Stoudmire’s hummer carrying around 40 grams of marijuana. Both players agreed to plea deals, but the next four arrests earned the new team moniker, “Jail Blazers.”
Another great name, Allen Iverson was arrested for marijuana and firearms possession in 1997, after which he was banned for one NBA game and forced to get drug tested for the next two years.
In 2004 Anthony was caught boarding the team plane with marijuana, but it appeared that the weed allegedly belonged to a friend of his that borrowed the backpack one week before the incident.
In his book he openly admitted to have smoked marijuana in high school, but has no connection since he turned pro.
In 2014 he was suspended for marijuana use, and in his defense he stated: “It’s something I feel strongly about… I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I’m going to use it.
“I study it, and I know the benefits it has,” he continued. “In a lot of ways, we’ve been deprived. You can’t really label it with so many other drugs that people can be addicted to and have so many negative effects on your body and your family and your relationships and impairment. This is not the same thing.”