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Phil Jackson on Why He Smoked Weed & Its Presence in the NBA


If I’m not mistaken, Phil Jackson was experimenting with Cannabis long before the back and hip pains!

Following the tune of Warriors head coach Steve Kerr — who admitting to trying medicinal marijuana after back surgery sidelined him for part of the 2015-16 NBA season — Phil Jackson has also copped to using the drug for similar reason.

Jackson told CBS Sports’ “We Need to Talk” that after a back injury in the late ’60s with the Knicks, he used it as a pain medication.

[When I was recovering from back surgery], I was smoking marijuana during that period of time,” Jackson said. “I think it was a distraction for me as much as a pain reliever. But I never thought of it as ultimately a pain medication for that type of situation … We have tried to stop [marijuana use] in the NBA. I don’t think we have been able to stop it. I think it still goes on and is still a part of the culture in the NBA. It is something that we either have to accommodate or figure out another way to deal with it.

Jackson — a noted hippie — was likely smoking weed with or without back pain, especially after admitting that he’s tripped off of LSD a few times.

Kudos to Jackson for being honest about it as well.