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(David Stern comes in at 6:43)
“I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.”
“I think we have to change the Collective Bargaining Agreement and let you do what is legal in your state. If marijuana is now in the process of being legalized, I think you should be allowed to do what’s legal in your state.”
“It’s no different than other substances that may work or may not work with particular players. I’m now at the point where, personally, I think it should be removed from the banned list. You’ve persuaded me.
“If you told the fans that if the players rubbed it on their knees, they wouldn’t have to take a night off, that would really set them over the top.”
David, what are you high or something man? Remove the devil’s lettuce from the banned substances list? Stop the charade of pretending that weed isn’t as synonymous with the NBA as the sport of basketball itself? Utilize this healthy pain reliever and safe anti-inflammatory that would drastically reduce the use of addictive, damaging prescription drugs and extend the careers of players? Acknowledge where the world is headed and take advantage of it while the competing leagues run the other way? Doesn’t sound like my NBA.
It really is getting to the point now where the NBA just seems to be toying with the other leagues. They’re miles ahead in cultural relevance. They’re continually improving in the ratings as other’s flounder. They’re making positive impacts on social issues instead of falling prey to semantics debates on the methods of protesting. They’re killing on social media and everything digital. They’re working with their players and fans on improvements to the game. And now this…
We’ve got the former commish coming out to promote the removal of marijuana from the banned substances list and acknowledging the benefits of responsible use for medical purposes. Dude oversaw the strictest drug enforcement years in league history and is now (probably) smokin on big doinks in his Manhattan office with inaugural Big3 Champion and weed entrepreneur (oh and former NBA journeyman*) Al Harrington. The NBA really is the greatest league in the world.
Dave Stern out here in Amish like
*I feel a little weird calling Al Harrington a journeyman. Dude could play and did have some bigger roles in the league than what you’d typically associate with a journeyman. But he player for 8 teams in 16 seasons and once you start venturing into that 1 team every 2 years range I think that qualifies you as a journeyman. Sorry Al. Congrats on the business though!