The NBA may want to rethink its acronym and change it to the National Blunt Association.
With all the current and former players being arrested and openly discussing marijuana use, the NBA has become synonymous with weed.
The latest is former Portland Trailblazer Cliff Robinson, Known as Uncle Cliffy during his playing days, Robinson announced last week that he’s entering the marijuana business as Uncle Spliffy, starting his own grow operation in Portland, Oregon.
This shouldn’t be much of a surprise as Robinson was a known “blazer,” having been suspended by the NBA two times for marijuana. Robinson has become an advocate for marijuana use and will be speaking at the 2016 Cannabis Collaborative Conference in Oregon—one of four states (and the District of Columbia) to legalize recreational use of marijuana—to discuss his new venture as well as wanting to “distill the stigma around cannabis, the misperception that athletes and cannabis are incompatible,” he told the Portland Business Journal.
Over the past 20 years, former players are coming out to discuss the rumors about marijuana use off the court during their playing days. Back in 2001, former Raptor, Knick and Bull Charles Oakley told the New York Post he felt that more than half the league was smoking weed.
“You got guys out there playing high every night,” Oakley said.
Former Phoenix Suns guard Richard Dumas, who was banned from the NBA for drug and alcohol use, told The New York Times in 1997 that “if they tested for pot, there would be no league.”
Robinson’s speech comes less than two weeks before the NBA All-Star Game, featuring the world’s greatest high-flying athletes, though what makes them fly so high is in question. Here’s our list of the greatest tokers who played in the NBA.
He’s done it all. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, six-time league MVP, six championships, 19 consecutive all-star appearances and let’s not forget about that effortless hook shot. Abdul-Jabbar has been smoking weed for decades and now has a prescription for it to ward off migraines. He was arrested in 2000 for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.
Known as “The Chief,” Parish played the most career games in the NBA, winning four championships, appearing in nine all-star games, and was a ferocious rebounder and shot blocker for the Boston Celtics. Parish had a brush with the law in 1993 when several…