Posted December 30, 2013

Former Nuggets exec Rex Chapman says player was high at 2010 playoffs practice

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Former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman played in the NBA for 12 seasons. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

Former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman played in the NBA for 12 seasons. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

Former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman says a player that was on the team during the 2009-2010 season showed up to practice high on marijuana.

Chapman, who served as the team’s vice president of pro personnel, said on the morning of a 2010 playoff game, the unidentified player showed up to practice so high that he pulled the player aside so he could get focused.

That team lost in a first round series to the Utah Jazz four games to two.

“Across all walks of life and in every profession, people smoke (marijuana). This is no secret, and pro sports are not exempt,” Chapman said to the Denver Post. “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.”

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The NBA started testing for marijuana in 1999.


14 comments
Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

95% of nba players smoke weed---it's no big deal.  it should be legal everywhere.

aarondooley135
aarondooley135

He must have been really blazed to have caught attention, I am quite sure a huge amount of NBA players probably play high and some probably play better. Give JR his Denver Nuggets weed back so he can get his game up. "Practice you talkin bout practice" Ha Ha. The Answer was also known for blazin it up. Tmac looked really sleepy in his prime. I remember when Charles Oakley said over half the league smoked weed and  I quote " play high every night"  Chapman was from the same era as Oakley he is not that ignorant I would hope. Weed is not alcohol, you cannot play on alcohol. Yet in the 90's the anouncers would joke about Arvydas Sabonis being known for drinking vodka and balling in his early amazing career. It was a reverent way they were describing him, yet that's a hard drug, just a legal one.  I don't see the story here. Maybe if it went into a more systematic examination. But this seems timed to troll  the newly changed laws in the country and  capitalize on the retarded backlash.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Id rather like to know which players werent high from that team 

JR Smith

Kenyon Martin

Birdman

Melo 

Id say were batting 1000 right there 

Asparagoose
Asparagoose

It is legal in Colorado now....guy was a visionary. 

nw
nw

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it was Birdman

6marK6
6marK6

The story should maybe be which player was not high? Seriously, I am fairly certain that about 70% of the league smokes, so how is this a story?

Keef
Keef

Can you say JR Smith??

malgus
malgus

punchline:  and then Michael Beasley walked off court!

rma101560
rma101560

Nobody cares about the Nuggets or Rex Chapman.  Why is he talking about this now?  What is Chapman doing now that he needs to smear the team and at least one player?

Psy Power
Psy Power

Let the speculation begin.......

JubJub
JubJub

He would be at the top of my list, too. I'm willing to bet that he's high right now as we speak. His shot selection certainly points to his being high during games. My guess is that you have to be high at all times to be part of his entourage.

brandon0206
brandon0206

@rma101560 It's not "smearing" somebody if it's true. And to say nobody cares about the Nuggets just makes you seem petty and stupid