No Recreational Drug Testing In Orlando

The NBA bubble is now the NBA Greenhouse.

Jim Rome
June 09, 2020 - 12:44 pm
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By now you know that the NBA has a plan in place to restart its season on July 31st at Walt Disney World just outside of Orlando, Florida.

The finer points of the plan are still being worked out because there’s a lot at stake when you’re relaunching a 450-person professional sports league with TV crews, trainers, medical staff, and referees in a bubble in the middle of a pandemic. Not an easy task—but Adam Silver and his crew are up for it. And so are the players. And so are the fans who have been starved for sports for months now.

Part of the plan includes a 1,600-person limit on the remote NBA campus. And COVID tests will be administered every single day to ensure maximum safety for everyone involved.

You know what tests won’t be administered?

Recreational drug tests. 

That’s right. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the National Blunt Association will not be testing its players for recreational drugs. So no need to devote any baggage space in the carry-on for a 
whizzinator.

The NBA already suspended its non-performance enhancing drug tests when it pressed pause on the season back in March. But that policy is now carrying over into this makeshift reboot. Which not only seems like one less thing for the players to worry about—but one less thing for the NBA to worry about, too.

Think about it; if you’re going to be monitoring these players and keeping them on campus and doing daily tests for the coronavirus—all with limited resources and staffing—do you really want to add a bunch of plastic urine cups to the mix, too? For the chron? Hell no.

And let’s be real; Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes and Al Harrington and Brian Shaw and grip of former players have already been lobbying the NBA to drop the war on cannabis for a long time. All of those dudes and many others have preached two things since leaving the league; 1) Everyone in the NBA is already doing it. And 2) It’s a safer alternative for pain management, stress, depression, and sleep deprivation.

If you’re gonna rip these guys outta of their homes and put them up at a theme park for six weeks—the least you can do is give them the option to blow some trees on their way to falling-out each night on some foreign mattress.

And since you’re not letting anyone leave the campus—not even to jump on the Tea Cups or Splash Mountain—then you best be easing up on the recreational drug tests.

The NBA is asking a lot of its players with this plan. And not asking them to fill up a plastic cup in the middle of a pandemic reboot is the right thing to do. And it could lead to permanent change down the road that ultimately brings less of a reliance on highly addictive pain pills—and more of an informed treatment option with the lettuce.

Here’s the kicker. Weed isn’t fully legal in Florida. You gotta have a medical card or know someone with one. And given the fact that the NBA is requiring a minimum 10 day quarantine if you leave the bubble—this sounds like a situation where you better bring your own supply. That—or get Sticky Icky Mickey Mouse to make a run for you.

I don’t know how it’s going to work. I just know that the guys who want the grass will be able to get the grass. One way or another. And the NBA making it one less thing to worry about when they have a thousand things to worry about already is a good call.

And once they see that the product on the floor doesn’t suffer from their dudes winding down with chron at night instead of pills—maybe the NBA will just make this permanent policy.

The NBA bubble is now the NBA Greenhouse. Let’s play some basketball!

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