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Nick Young says Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rolls best blunt in NBA

Nick Young says Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rolls best blunt in NBA

Nick Young's career in the NBA appears to be over, but the former Warriors shooting guard still knows how to keep his name in the headlines. 

Young joined 95.7 The Game on Thursday morning and talked about some off the court topics ... including marijuana. 

"Probably [Warriors head coach] Steve Kerr," Young said when asked who rolls the best blunt in the NBA. 

Kerr first acknowledged to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole in December 2016 that he used weed in the past, seeking relief from his chronic back pain. During the summer of 2015, Kerr underwent two surgeries on his back, the latter procedure in part to alleviate the pain from the first. He took a leave of absence that lasted nearly four months at the start of the 2015-16 season and took various painkillers. 

While he's an advocate for medicinal marijuana, turning to weed didn't exactly give him the relief he hoped for. 

“I’m not a pot person; it doesn’t agree with me,” Kerr said to Poole. “I’ve tried it a few times, and it did not agree with me at all. So I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you’ve got a lot of pain, I don’t think there is any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin.

"And yet athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal.”

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Whatever he is doing, seems to be working. Kerr, now 53, is in much better health and hasn't missed a game due to his back issues in quite some time.

NFL executive explains how Tom Brady is similar to Stephen Curry

NFL executive explains how Tom Brady is similar to Stephen Curry

Steph Curry and Tom Brady have each won multiple championships and multiple MVPs.

Steph Curry and Tom Brady both have deals with Under Armour.

Steph Curry and Tom Brady starred in their own docu-series on Facebook Watch (Stephen vs the Game, Tom vs Time).

And Steph Curry and Tom Brady are similar in a very specific way, as one NFL executive told Mike Sando of Bleacher Report:

“You can try to find something. Brady is like Steph Curry. The first quarter might look like crap, but you’d better have a big lead because when it comes to nut-cutting time, he is going to make it happen.”

Translation -- they are terrifying to the opposition and you can't ever count them out.

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Curry has been doubted his entire life and loves when people say he can't do something. Nobody thought he would change the game of basketball forever.

Brady entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick and nothing was guaranteed. Nobody thought he would become the greatest quarterback ever.

Sports are cool.

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Warriors Profile: First round pick Jordan Poole

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Warriors Profile: First round pick Jordan Poole

The Golden State showed faith in Jordan Poole last month, drafting him 28th overall in the 2019 NBA draft. 

Poole has all the tools to be a rotation player, but the same question the followed him throughout his college career: Can he put it all together?

For now, take a look at Poole's latest player profile. 

Contract: 2 year / $4,028,040 (with options for the 2021-22, 2022-23 seasons. 

Last season: Poole averaged 12.8 points per game during his sophomore season at Michigan. The 20-year old displayed an effective scoring ability, finishing with 15 or more points in 16 games, including a 26 point performance in a win over South Carolina. Additionally, he shot 37 percent from 3-point range, averaging two 3-pointers per game. 

Still, some observers were surprised when Poole declared for the 2019 NBA draft and curious when the projected second-rounder was selected with the 28th pick.  While the guard showed promise as a scorer, his defense lagged, often getting caught on screens and surrendering backdoor passes. 

Outlook: With Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Kevin Durant gone, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will prioritize a youth movement to help offset the mileage of Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, opening the door for Poole to get an opportunity. 

In Vegas Summer League, Poole showed promise towards that goal, averaging 17.8 points, including a 12-point performance against Denver, helping Golden State overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the Nuggets 73-69 in their final preliminary round game.

Poole also showed an ability to make plays, throwing a variety of behind-the-back passes, often getting teammates involved in the offense. If Poole can continue his upward offensive trajectory, he can compete for minutes on the floor.