Stephen Jackson says Don Nelson knew he was smoking weed while playing
Stephen Jackson says Don Nelson knew he was smoking during his days with the Golden State Warriors.
Nelson coached Jackson on the We Believe Warriors team:
“When I came to the team, I was already smoking,” Jackson told Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports. “I had hooked up with Matt (Barnes) and he was the one who was already smoking over there. Me and Matt had hooked up instantly. (Marijuana) just went through the team.
“Me and Don Nelson stayed in the same building. I stayed on the 11th floor. He stayed on the roof. I had the whole building smelling like weed. He definitely knew. As long as we were playing well, he didn’t give a f*** what we were doing.”
Jackson, Matt Barnes and Al Harrington all smoked weed during their time with the Warriors and in the NBA. All three guys have said that cannabis is way better than taking pills for pain.
Jackson played 179 games with the Warriors. He averaged 19.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists. The now 41-year-old won the 2003 championship with the San Antonio Spurs, but he’s mostly going to be remembered for his days with the Warriors and the Malice At The Palace.
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