Does Kerr see medical marijuana in NBA's future? 'What we're learning...'


Does Kerr see medical marijuana in NBA's future? 'What we're learning...'

OAKLAND -- Two months after NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would be open to allowing medicinal marijuana, his predecessor, David Stern, said it’s time to consider removing it from the list of banned substances.

So, naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr had an opinion.

“I do think it’ll happen eventually,” he said during his news conference prior to the Warriors-Raptors game Wednesday night.

“The world is starting to understand that opioids are way worse for you than anything. Right now, in professional sports, we’re just quick to write a prescription for OxyContin or Percocet or something when your shoulder hurts or your knee hurts.”

Kerr speaks from experience. During his search for a remedy to pain associated with multiple back surgeries in the summer of 2015, he experimented with cannabis, something he elaborated on during a Warriors Insider Podcast last December.

The treatments provided no relief, Kerr said, but he did enough research and consultation with medical professionals to come away with the belief medicinal marijuana was worth a try.

The issue resurfaced when Stern, who presided over the league for 30 years before retiring in 2014, acknowledged in an interview this week that it may be time for the NBA to reassess its stance on marijuana.

Speaking to former Warriors forward Al Harrington -- a cannabis advocate and entrepreneur -- as part of the documentary “The Concept of Cannabis,” Stern noted that the fact that legalization in some states opens the door for allowing its use.

"I'm now at the point where personally I think it should be removed from the banned list," Stern told Harrington. "You've persuaded me."

The problem, at least for now, is that the ban remains in effect because it wasn’t rescinded as part of the most recent collective bargaining agreement.

Kerr concedes that taking marijuana off the list of banned substances is a “tricky issue,” mostly because of lingering outside perception. For some, the drug, no matter how organic, still carries a negative connotation.

“What we’re learning these days is that medical marijuana is much healthier than those alternatives,” Kerr said. “But the perception of the fans is important in terms of selling our business. But the health of the players should be, by far, the most important thing.

“You’ve got to differentiate between medicinal marijuana and recreational marijuana. I don’t think it makes sense for everybody to use recreational marijuana. I do think it makes sense to use it for specific injuries.”

Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'


Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA. 

After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago. 

Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years." 

While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say. 

In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.

Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'


Why did David Lee retire? Warriors impact on NBA 'did limit my options'

Last season, David Lee appeared in 79 games (10 starts) for the Spurs, averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over 18.7 minutes a night.

He doesn't turn 35 years old until April 29.

But over the weekend, he officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

On Tuesday, the two-time All-Star explained his decision during an interview with Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game.

"I kind of had a little bit more of a strict criteria coming into this offseason. At the most I wanted to play another two years, and as you know -- I had another injury last season, so a lot of the summer was spent rehabbing.

"And with the NBA changing right now, the Warriors have caused a lot of teams in the league to say either we're gonna try to put as many guys on one team as possible to try to compete with the Warriors, or we're gonna go super young. So it did limit my options."

[POOLE: In his own way, David Lee was a launching pad for the new age Warriors]

You know the story: When Steve Kerr arrived in Golden State, Lee was slated to be the team's starting power forward. But after he injured his hamstring during the preseason, Draymond Green became the starter and Lee never got his starting role back.

In July 2015, Golden State traded him to Boston. Lee was waived in February 2016 and finished the season in Dallas.

So what is Lee going to do next?

"I either wanted to be in a situation where I was on a team that could be a contender -- which once again as you know limits it to maybe six teams if we're being generous -- or a team where I could play significant enough minutes to really be worth coming back and to feel like I was doing something meaningful.

"And while I had a couple opportunities, that criteria wasn't really filled. And at the same time, I actually got a call from a couple of my very good friends that I met while I was a Golden State Warrior -- that run an unbelievable venture capital firm and are doing incredible things in the Bay -- and offered to have me come work for them and have some very exciting things that could happen in the future.

"When the offers didn't come in the way that I wanted them to -- although I could go be someone's fourth big man on a team that's gonna win 30 games -- I decided to roll the dice and to try something new and I'm really excited about my decision."

Lee's new venture will have him flying back and forth between New York and the Bay Area.

So it's quite possible that Warriors fans will bump into Lee at some point soon...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller