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Chauncey Billups Adds Fuel For Change In NBA’s Anti-Drug Policy

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Chauncey Billups, whose rise to NBA lore was his reputation for making big shots (hence his nickname Mr. Big Shot) in the playoffs, has caused a stir around the NBA circles for his recent comments surrounding marijuana. Billups, who has been retired since 2014, has advocated that the NBA should lift the ban on marijuana. Generally, Billups believes marijuana aids players, not hinders them. This past Friday, Billups, while on the ESPN NBA Countdown show, spoke on Phil Jackson’s comments on medical marijuana and how former NBA player Jay Williams could have benefited from having marijuana to assist him, instead of relying on pain relief medication and Oxycontin to help him heal.

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During an ESPN NBA Countdown segment on Friday, former NBA All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups and fellow panelists Tracy McGrady, Jalen Rose, Michelle Beadle discussed with Phil Jackson’s support of medical marijuana for players, along with how the NBA Players Association and the NBA should work together to let players smoke without violations from the league.

“For medicinal use, I think we absolutely need to have that conversation,” Billups said. “The Players Association, they need to talk about that with the NBA, because there’s a lot of science behind it… because we’ve been through a ton of injuries. I’ve seen a piece on Jason Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the draft, that talked about him being addicted to Oxycontin and pain pills, and it would have been much better and much easier thing to have marijuana as a relief.”

Billups also encourages the NBA to look into lifting the ban on marijuana it’s being used as a more safe alternative, not the hazardous drug portrayed by the media. Billups briefly explained that he used marijuana before games as a tool to relax. As it worked for him, Billups encouraged teammates to try their hand at using it, too. The start of any professional event for the players involved can cause some nerves and a lot of anxiety, so Billups encouraged his teammates to smoke marijuana as a vice to relax. A heightened focus, according to Billups, was one of the perks that smoking pregame brought Billups and his teammates.

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