Legendary NBA Coach Admits To Drug Use

David Hookstead | Reporter

Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson admitted to using marijuana Tuesday.

“I had back surgery, and the year I was off, I was smoking marijuana during that period of time. I think it was a distraction for me as much as a pain reliever. But I’ve never thought of it as ultimately a pain medication for that type of situation. I know ocular things, stomach, digestive issues and other things, I think it is regarded quite highly,” Jackson told CBS Sports. (SLIDESHOW: This NBA Bombshell Girlfriend Is Almost Naked For Sports Illustrated)

However, he didn’t overtly endorse the idea of legalizing the drug across America. (SLIDESHOW: 13 Times Paulina Gretzky Looked Absolutely Incredible)

Phil Jackson poses during a news conference announcing him as the team president of the New York Knicks basketball team at Madison Square Gardens in New York March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach also added, “We’re in a situation that’s in flux. We have states — Washington, D.C., Colorado — have legalized marijuana. Those are going to raise issues.” (SLIDESHOW: 13 Times Lindsey Vonn Proved She’s One Of The Hottest Women Alive)

Marijuana has been a topic of discussion in the NBA after Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr admitted to using the drug after having surgery.

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