Back surgery kept Steve Kerr off the Golden State Warriors sideline for almost the entire first half of the 2015-2016 campaign.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will try almost anything to ease his chronic back pain.
That includes marijuana.
On a CSN Bay Area podcast this week, Keer revealed he has smoked weed in the past two years in hopes to fix the health issue, which kept him off the Golden State sideline for almost the entire first half of the 2015-2016 campaign.
“I could even get in some trouble for this, but I’ve actually tried (marijuana) twice during the last year and a half when I’ve been going through this pain, this chronic pain that I’ve been dealing with," Kerr told host Monte Poole.
“I don’t even know if I’m subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it and it didn’t help at all. But it was worth it, because I’m searching for answers on pain.”
Keer added that he’s also taken other types of drugs, including painkillers, to help out, but to no avail.
The coach didn’t single out the NBA, but use the NFL and its players as an example of why leagues should revisit their stances on marijuana.
‘I’m not the expert on this stuff. But I do know this: If you’re an NFL player, in particular, and you got a lot of pain, I don’t think there’s any question that pot is better for your body than Vicodin," Kerr said.
"And yet, athletes everywhere are prescribed Vicodin like it’s Vitamin C, like it’s no big deal. “
The NBA’s rules are much more lenient when it comes to marijuana than the NFL, and commissioner Adam Silver even said in a 2014 interview that the league has much bigger concerns than drug testing players for that substance in particular.
“…Marijuana testing is something that’s collectively bargained with the players’ association, and we adjust to the times,” he said.