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Former Warriors player and ESPN analyst Stephen Jackson told a hilarious story about the 2007 Warriors team which was led by head coach Don Nelson. That team was one of the most exciting of their team, their short run was highlighted by their first round upset win over the Mavericks which were led by Dirk Nowitzki.
As much fun as they had on the floor, you could only imagine what things were like off court. Matt Barnes revealed some of their off court antics in an Instagram post last year and now as a guest on the I Am Rapaport podcast, Captain Jack took things to another level when he revealed that head coach Don Nelson and his teammates enjoyed smoking weed and drinking before and after games.
Check this out. Via Dime:
“Nobody knows this story, so this is the first time somebody is hearing this. We’re in Utah and the drug test people are around, you know, to get our last drug test so we can smoke, right? Don Nelson, we talked about weed all the time, he was cool with talking about weed. We got our last test in Utah, right? So me and Baron are coming out the locker room just screaming, excited with our last pink slip saying we could smoke for the rest of the season and Don Nelson hauls ass down there giving us hi-fives like, ‘yeah, we can smoke now!’ It was cool, the fact that he knows what’s going on off the court with his players, which was great man. We enjoyed it. That’s why we were a great team.”
“I can’t speak for nobody else. Me personally, I’ve done a lot of shit before games sometimes and still was able to go out there and be productive. I just gotta be real, you know, it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games. It’s been some games where I smoked before the game and was on the bench after three minutes sitting on the sideline, ‘please calm down, this high has to calm down,’ I done shot three shots that went over the backboard, like, I’m going to be honest, like ‘ahh, I gotta calm down.’”