Former NBA player and longtime cannabis advocate Al Harrington has a clear piece of advice for players going into the bubble: bring more weed than you need.
At a time when NBA players could spend a near 12 daily hours of “bubble time” on non-game days, there is only so much video games, cards, and cornhole that can be played to pass the time. Harrington’s advice is to always pack a little extra downtime:
“Bring more than you think you’re going to need,” Harrington told Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “You might have that teammate who’s never smoked and might want to try it since they’re stuck in a bubble. So you might be supplying other people.”
Harrington’s cannabis company, Viola Brands, promotes social equity in the marijuana industry and seeks to destigmatize cannabis.
The secret has been long out that there is plenty of marijuana to go around in professional sports, as athletes use it to medicate for pain or for recreational purposes.
The bubble has plenty of stringent rules and a surplus of coronavirus tests for NBA players and staff, yet drug testing for marijuana or other recreational drugs isn’t included in the protocol. There’s a reason for this:
“You’re asking about Fight Club,” said an agent. “There’s no testing for a reason.”
“We’ve been technically in a bubble while sheltering in place, and it’s driving people crazy,” said Tucky, the owner of Blunts + Moore, a store that sits across the Oakland Coliseum complex. “So imagine what NBA players and WNBA players are about to go through. No kids. No wife. No husbands. That’s going to be stressful to any point.”
It might be too late to heed Harrington’s advice with most players already inside the bubble, but any savvy blazer knows it’s better to bring back some weed to the crib than to be down to that last precious ounce.