Denver’s elevation isn’t the only thing high in Colorado – at least not according to former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman who said he once had to take a player aside e to help him regain his focus because the player was so stoned.
Chapman reveled the oddity during an interview with the Denver Post, suggesting the incident occurred during a playoff practice in the 2010 season.
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, had to pull him 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.”
Marijuana is quite prevalent in the NBA community so it’s not exactly shocking to hear such a revelation, though it was a bit strange to hear it came during the playoffs when most players try to be on their best behavior.
The 2009-10 Nuggets roster featured a handful of players who have been rumored to partake in such activity and it was known throughout the league that the Nuggets had issues with such.
If you feel like guessing, here’s a look at their 09-10 roster.