“It makes a lot of sense,” said one Golden State Warrior
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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted to using marijuana to recover from back surgery.
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The use of marijuana as a form of pain relief for professional athletes has become a hot topic in the sports world once again thanks to Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who recently admitted to smoking weed twice over the last 18 months to help him deal with chronic back pain. Kerr took a leave of absence from the team last season after he suffered a spinal fluid leak during surgery to repair a ruptured disk, and he was still dealing with pain when he returned to the sideline months later.
Whether you agree with Kerr on why marijuana should be allowed in the NBA to treat pain or not, he makes some interesting points that are worthy of recognition. As a result, a number of players and coaches in the NBA have since voiced their opinion on the matter. Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson, for example, said the rhetoric has to be careful because “you have a lot of kids where I’m from that’s reading this and they think (marijuana use is) cool.” Players like Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson, on the other hand, were more on the same page with Kerr’s long-term vision as long as the drug is being used for the right reasons. Draymond Green said, “makes a lot of sense,” and added, “You look at something that comes from the Earth. Any vegetable that comes from the Earth, they encourage you to eat it.”
Bogut then took it a step further in only a way he can by telling a personal story about how he once thought he smoked weed as a kid, only to later learn that he probably didn’t.
Andrew Bogut: “I’ve never really gotten high in my life. I thought I had some weed as a kid, but I think the guy sold me regular grass.”
If you want to read what else Bogut had to say, you can check it out here.
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Steve Kerr talks about legalization of marijuana in California
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On Monday, California became the nation’s sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016’s Proposition 64.
On Tuesday afternoon, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug.
“I’m a proponent of it,” Kerr said after Tuesday’s practice.
“I do feel strongly that [marijuana] is a much better option than some of the prescription drugs and I know that it’s helping a lot of people, which is great.”
The legalization of the drug is expected to bring in more than $5 billion to the state’s economy, according to a 2017 state-sponsored study. Dispensaries opened throughout the Bay Area Jan. 1 to long lines, with some waiting outside of Berkeley Patients Group lined up at 4 a.m.
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Kerr admitted to using marijuana as an alternative to opioids during his rehabilitation from back surgery in 2015, though he admitted the drug didn’t help the pain. Still, Kerr advocates for marijuana’s usage over prescription medication.
“I do feel strongly that [marijuana] is a much better option than some of the prescription drugs and I know that it’s helping a lot of people, which is great,” Kerr said.
In October, Kerr even expressed optimism that drug would one day be legalized in the NBA.
“I do think it’ll happen eventually,” Kerr said prior to an Oct. 25 matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
The tricky part in the institution of the drug, according to Kerr, would be the perception of the drug by the league’s fanbase. However, Kerr admitted there’s one thing that may overrule the opinions of the fans.
“The perception of the fans is important,” said Kerr. “In terms of selling our business, but the health of the players should be the most important thing.”
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On Monday, California became the nation's sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016's Proposition 64. On Tuesday afternoon, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug.