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Former exec: Nuggets player was 'stoned' at 2010 playoffs practice

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Rex Chapman detected a Nuggets player who may have been ahead of his time. (USATSI)
Rex Chapman detected a Nuggets player who may have been ahead of his time. (USATSI)

The Denver Post shares this anecdote from a Denver Nuggets practice in 2010, courtesy of fomer executive Rex Chapman:

It was the morning of a 2010 playoff game, and one of the Nuggets had just smoked some nuggets. As the team practiced, the player was so high that Rex Chapman, a team executive at the time, said he had to pull the player aside to get him to focus.

"Across all walks of life and in every profession, people smoke (marijuana). This is no secret, and pro sports are not exempt," said Chapman, who played 12 years in the NBA. "But employers deserve and pay for A-plus employees. There is a time and place for everything. As a member of a team, guys owe it to their teammates to put their best foot forward."

via Athletes and Pot: Legalized marijuana in a league of its own -- The Denver Post.

The story comes as part of a wide-ranging and fascinating story on the status of marijuana as the substance prepares to become legal for retail sale in Colorado after a ballot initiative passed last year. Professional sports leagues have made no indication they intend to change their stances on it being a banned substance they test for.

Here's the roster for the 2010 Nuggets if you'd like to take a guess at who the chronic offender was.

The NBA didn't start officially testing for marijuana until 1999.

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