Former Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups joined Friday’s NBA Countdown panel and gave his thoughts on the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes around the league. Billups also admitted that he actually encouraged some of his former teammates to smoke weed prior to a game because he knew it would help them to play better.
“I actually wanted them to smoke, they played better like that,” Billups said. “Big-time anxiety, a lot of things that can be affected, that it brought them down a little bit, helped them focus in a little bit on the game plan. I needed them to do that. I would rather them do that sometimes than drink.”
“For medicinal use, I think we absolutely need to have that conversation,” Billups added. “The Players Association, they need to talk about that with the NBA, because there’s a lot of science behind it … because we’ve been through a ton of injuries. I’ve seen a piece on Jason Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, that talked about him being addicted to oxycontin and pain pills, and it would have been much better and much easier thing to have marijuana as a relief.”
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