While on ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Friday, Billups said that he wanted some of his former teammates to play while high on marijuana because “it helped them focus-in on the gameplan” (2:34 in the video above).
“I honestly played with players—I’m not going to name names, of course I’m not, I’m not that kind of dude—but I wanted them to actually smoke. They played better like that.
“They had big-time anxiety—a lot of things that can be affected—that it brought them down a little bit. Helped them focus-in on the gameplan. I needed them to do that. I would rather them do that sometimes than drink.”
Tracy McGrady added that some NBA players continue to smoke marijuana during the season (0:57 in the video) despite having to take four random drug tests during the year.
As the national conversation surrounding marijuana continues, the NBA will have to take a hard look at its current policy that bans its use.