Multiple NBA-connected sources tell TMZ … the big problem is that the league is only allowed to test players 4 times during a season. Because testing is randomized, the last test can be administered as early as January, and the season lasts for months thereafter. As one recently-retired NBA player put it, after the 4th test, “It’s like Christmas Day. We can take whatever we want.”
One NBA-connected source says pot is “ubiquitous”* in the sport. The source adds, however, that most athletes who indulge do so in moderation so it doesn’t have a perceptible impact on their performance. An NBA rep tells us … weed is not only prevalent, it’s hardly hidden — he says the hotel rooms where the players stay, and even the halls, have the telltale smell.
So wait, you’re telling me this guy gets high?
Hidden in plain site, this truth was.
But it gets worse. The drug problem is a real epidemic, apparently:
The players we’ve spoken with all agree … pot is prevalent. But some of the players say Lean — Sprite and Codeine cough syrup — has become a recreational drug of choice during the season. One player said it was even used during the recent playoffs.
An opiate-pop cocktail to take the edge off during the most contested of contests?! Impossible. I refuse to believe that these millionaires experiment with strange and sugary concoctions to rest and recover their bodies whilst taking their minds elsewhere and their loins to a place inhabited by four thirsty prostitutes and a midget.
The story cites one player who says that cocaine is rarely, if ever, used, because, obviously, that would hamper performance. Boy ain’t that the truth, 1985 Final Four Villanova point guard Gary McLain:
Anyway, NBA players smoke pot. I know– shocking. Next we’re going to hear that they cheat on their wives or something crazy like that. I call bullshit on this.