Category Archives: NBA

Former NBA Player, Springfield Native Travis Best Announced As Co-Owner Of Massachusetts Cannabis Dispensary Lemonnade

Travis Best, a Springfield native who formerly played in the NBA, has been announced as a co-owner of a cannabis dispensary looking to open in his home city. The dispensary, Lemonnade, is majority-owned by Brittany Washumare, a Western Massachusetts resident who is also a certified economic empowerment applicant with the state Cannabis Control Commission. Lemonnade […]

How Al Harrington Is Helping Build a Black-Owned Weed Industry

“We’re pioneering something,” says the former NBA star and founder of Viola cannabis, who says he wants to create 100 Black millionaires by funding new businesses. At the end of 2011, Al Harrington’s 79-year-old grandmother Viola came to visit. When the Denver Nuggets star discovered that she was taking multiple medications for glaucoma, diabetes, and […]

Magic Johnson on How He Treats Pain from ‘Many Years in the NBA’: ‘Your Body’s Going to Break Down’

Magic Johnson recently joined Uncle Bud’s Hemp & CBD as a brand ambassador. Magic Johnson knows he’s far from his days of lobbing passes to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy as a young star on the Los Angeles Lakers. With his 62nd birthday approaching in August, Johnson — who led the Lakers to five NBA […]

The NBA’s Slam Dunk Cannabis Shift

With each passing year, cannabis is embraced by more and more Americans. The same is happening in American professional sports. Both the National Hockey League and National Football League recently amended their cannabis policies to say players testing positive for cannabis will not be suspended. Major League Baseball does not test players for cannabis use […]

NBA Will Not Be Testing Players For Cannabis This Season

The league stopped testing players for recreational drugs when play resumed in the Orlando bubble earlier this year. The National Basketball Association (NBA) will reportedly continue its policy of not testing players for cannabis when the 2020-2021 season begins later this month. Reporter Ben Dowsett broke the news in a series of tweets yesterday. The […]

Shawn Kemp, Ex-NBA Great, To Open Cannabis Dispensary In Seattle

Ex-hoops star is going green & hopes to ‘inspire’ legal marijuana industry. Shawn Kemp, the former six-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, is set to open a cannabis dispensary in Seattle next week. Kemp, who starred with the Seattle Supersonics from 1989 to 1997 and battled Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA […]

Stigma Versus Science: Cannabis In The NBA

May 5, 2015: Basketball demigod Kevin Durant – in his eighth season, with eight All-Star appearances – steps out of a club on the Sunset Strip, resplendent in pre-billionaire bling and ripped jeans, and opens the door of his SUV. Out pops a bottle full of fat, gold-frosted buds. A companion of Durant, wearing a […]

From The NBA To Cannabis: How Al Harrington Is Changing The Industry For People Of Colour

Al Harrington is a trailblazer. At a time when it seems that yet another professional athlete is making a foray into the cannabis landscape with product launches or endorsements, Harrington preceded them years earlier with his own milestone: In 2011, the former NBA player founded Viola, a medical marijuana operation he named in honor of […]