“Can I ask a very personal, yet very serious and important question?” Damon Bruce asked NBA champion Nick Young on air on 97.5 The Game this morning. 97.5 is a sports radio station in the Bay Area, where Young spent a season with the Golden State Warriors. Young, aka Swaggy P, had called into The Damon Bruce Show, and Bruce took the opportunity to ask this very important, very serious question: “Who rolls the best blunt in the NBA?”
“Oh no, you know, that’s snitching,” Young replied with a laugh, before he names a coach—a former Coach of the Year, in fact. “Probably, Steve Kerr,” Swaggy P ultimately replied. Yep, Nick Young says Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is the best blunt roller in the NBA.
Steve Kerr Rolls the Best Blunt in the League, Says Nick Young
For someone who once made headlines over comments that the U.S. should legalize cocaine, NBA shooting guard Nick Young seemed caught off guard when asked who rolls the best blunt in the NBA. And even though Swaggy P probably kept his real answer a secret—NBA players can face penalties for consuming cannabis—his choice of Steve Kerr does make sense.
Since about 2016, NBA head coach Steve Kerr has been fairly outspoken about his personal experiences with medical marijuana. And even though cannabis didn’t work for Kerr’s chronic back pain, he still advocates for athletes to use it. “I’m not a pot person. It doesn’t agree with me. I tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff,” Kerr said on a podcast in 2016. “But I do know this. If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you got lots of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin,” Kerr added.
As for Kerr’s blunt rolling expertise, that’s something the Warriors coach hasn’t admitted to publicly. So we’ll have to take Nick Young’s word for it.
Cannabis Use Among NBA Players is an Open Secret
Kerr’s 2016 comments caused a media sensation and even prompted a statement from the NBA. At the time, Kerr expressed frustration that his sincere comments on treating pain in professional sports became a headline about his personal medical cannabis use. In fact, the issue of medical marijuana use among NBA players is an ongoing debate for the league.
And in 2014, when asked about the issue, NBA commissioner Adam Silver admitted that while the league prefers players don’t consume marijuana, it’s still open to adjusting to the times. Testing for marijuana use is also something the league collectively bargains with the players’ association. And currently, players don’t begin to face any consequences for testing positive until it’s their third time.
As for coaches, the league subjects them to one drug test per season. And that happens at training camp. Kerr never popped positive himself, but he admitted that he could have back when he was experimenting with cannabis for treating back pain.