Legendary NBA Coach Says He Grows Weed Now and Puffs It with Willie Nelson


Former Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson has formally traded in his X’s and O’s for spliffs and bowls. 

In a function on the newest episode of HBO’s Actual Sports activities with Bryant Gumbel, the previous Celtics star – who at present holds the NBA document for headcoach with essentially the most wins– let viewers in on his ultra-chill retirement life-style. Leaving the decrease 48 for a full-time life on a 22-acre property in Hawaii, Nelson now spends his days rising and smoking copious quantities of weed, spending time with household, and enjoying poker with Willie Nelson.

Don and Willie have been associates for years, and have bonded over a mutual love for pot and poker, with each males buying and selling heavy-drinking pasts for heavy-toking previous age. And with Hawaii residence to a fertile medical marijuana program — together with authorized residence develop — the duo typically deal playing cards over joints of Don’s very personal buds. And also you higher consider that he takes his crop simply as critically as any fourth quarter comeback.

“You gotta deal with it like a child,” Nelson informed Gumbel about his ganja backyard. “You gotta water ’em. You gotta have music for ’em. You gotta bless ’em. It’s a complete course of, I’m telling you.”

Outdoors of the backyard, poker is Nelson’s subsequent real love, with a nightly recreation at his Hawaiian property so severe that when a daily participant actually died on the desk, the sport didn’t cease. 

“He died proper there — proper in entrance of us,” Nelson recounted to Gumbel. “And the blokes stated, ‘What ought to we do, Nellie?’ I stated, ‘He would need you guys to play.'” And so the chips stored slashing till the coroner confirmed up. Sounds to us like that weed Nelson grows is fairly rattling robust.

It was not obvious on the time, however within the years since, the Nelson-coached Golden State Warriors workforce from 2007-2008 has emerged as an NBA cannabis advocacy all-star workforce, with ganjapreneur Al Harrington and vocal legalization activists Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson, and Baron Davis all sharing the identical locker room again then. 

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