A certain segment of Dub Nation will delight in knowing former Warriors guard Stephen Jackson sometimes partook in marijuana consumption before playing games.
Jackson admitted as much in a podcast hosted by actor Michael Rapaport on Friday.
“I just gotta be real, you know, it’s been a couple games where I smoked before games and had great games,” Jackson said on the I Am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast. “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.'”
Jackson said then-Warriors coach Don Nelson knew he would smoke.
“We talked about weed all the time,” Jackson said. “He was cool with talking about weed.”
Jackson detailed a road trip to the Jazz when NBA employees drug tested Jackson and Baron Davis.
“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 high-fives, like, ‘Yeah, we can smoke now!'” Jackson said. “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.”
Jackson played for the Warriors from 2006-10, including when Golden State upset the top-seeded Mavericks in 2007.