Karl-Anthony Towns obviously doesn’t agree with Stephen A. Smith’s anti-weed rants.
The 22-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves player is down with the league decriminalizing marijuana and allowing medical and recreational use of marijuana. During a recent interview with ESPN, Towns was asked what rule he’d change if he were commissioner Adam Silver, and he sided with former commish David Stern.
“I agree with David Stern with marijuana. You don’t have to actually make it Mary J [or] Half Baked. You don’t have to do it like that, but you could use the [chemical] properties in it to make a lot of people better. That’s something that Adam Silver has to do. That’s out of my control, but maybe legalizing marijuana. Not fully legal where people are chimneys, but using [marijuana] as a beneficial factor as an athlete, as a person living daily. I think a lot of times fans forget that sometimes there may be some things that are banned that may not be the greatest for playing basketball, but for everyday living off the court, sometimes those things that are legal could help us,” he said.
The conversation about the league and marijuana started when Stern talked to former NBA player Al Harrington about medical marijuana. Stern, who was commissioner of the league for 30 years, revealed his thoughts on marijuana being on the NBA’s banned substances list.
“I’m now at the point where, personally, I think [marijuana] probably should be removed from the ban list,” he said. “I think there is universal agreement that marijuana for medical purposes should be completely legal.”
He even thinks that the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement should be altered to allow players to smoke if their states allow it.
Current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hasn’t commented on possibly changing the league’s rules, but we have feeling he doesn’t share their views.