Former NBA forward Al Harrington says if weed-use was allowed in the NBA, that doesn’t mean players would come to the game high.
The 16-year forward used Brooklyn Nets superstar small forward Kevin Durant as a perfect example as how it could affect NBA players in certain situations.
Here’s what he had to say about why players wouldn’t come to an NBA game high:
“This is what bothers me about this conversation,” Harrington told Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports about the situation with it potentally being used by NBA players. “People think that players come to the game high. If that were the case, and they were that irresponsible, why don’t players play drunk? We all know there’s a time and place for everything. We go out and compete at the highest level in the world.
“If I’m going to play against Kevin Durant tonight, why would I get as high as I can and come to the game and play Kevin Durant high? It’s so stupid to me. It’s like, you’re policing us like we’re kids. We have access to liquor, it’s the same effect. That’s one of the things that really bothers me about the whole perception that players have access to it, they’re going to come to the games high. We have access to liquor but players don’t show up drunk to games.”
Harrington makes a good point. NBA games are hard enough. It’s highly doubtful guys are going to come to the game high against elite competition and some of the best players in the world.
NBA players usually use weed for pain relief or sleep aid. They are likely using weed after games.
Marijuana is legal in states like Illinois and Colorado, but players on the Chicago Bulls and Denver Nuggets are not allowed to smoke because of NBA rules.
It’s likely a conversation that will continue in NBA circles.