J.R. Smith recently appeared on All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson where he described what it was like inside the 2020 NBA bubble in Orlando, FL.
According to Smith, weed smoke was plentiful within the bubble as many players indulged, confirming many of the rumors surrounding the bubble.
“We was blowing it down in there,” Smith said when asked if players were smoking marijuana. “That was the only way you could really function in that joint.”
Smith continued, “It was cool, I’m glad it happened because it finally broke that barrier and that stigma that you couldn’t play and all of this, it was a drug, it was this and that.” He added, “But when you go to the bubble basketball, some of them dudes was — granted, it was like practice games and some of ‘em really can’t play that well in front of 30,000 — but at the same time you saw some of the best level of basketball.”
Smith noted that smoking weed helped players get into the mode to reach their full potential. “When you can be at peace with your mind, your body, and your soul, and you can go out there and just hoop, that’s all you want,” he explained.