We have all fell victim to this instance at least once. You're viewing an NBA game when all of a sudden a player induces a, "what the hell was he thinking," moment.
A play or action that is so ridiculous and outrageous, that you're forced to believe they're under the influence of something.
Well, you may be right, and by the thoughts, words, and deeds of these 10 players you may be inclined to lean to the side of the intoxicated.
This is purely hypothetical stuff (except for the few instances that have been corroborated) and not meant to ruffle any feathers, or darken any moods.
We all know that the urge to indulge runs high in our league, and if ever legalized, these are some of the players who might advertise.
I'm not talking about the hard stuff, no needles, snowflakes, or outright society scourges. I'm simply speaking of the cannabis.
The marijuana, ganja, or wacky weed if you prefer. The NBA and the chronic leaf have long been wed to each other, and these guys could be the spokesmen.
So relax your minds as Robert Parrish and I, take you on a tour of our High Times gallery.
Please let me know if you agree or disagree, or if you have an alternative player that could qualify for our High Times degree.
Let your conscience be free as we commence our Up In Smoke tour.
To celebrate the release of his new movie, More Than A Game, I give James the privilege of starting us off.
In his new movie, James admits to having experimented with the ganja as a youth. I'm sure he only smoked and didn't inhale.
This would actually explain a lot about James, including those weird pregame rituals that he is so predisposed to.
Given his missteps of this past season, I think that a little indulgence might loosen up the tight-wound James, as he embarks on a mission for his first ring.
Rasheed is another player who has thrown hints about his extra-curricular activities, as far back as his Carolina days.
This one kind of baffles me, because marijuana is supposed to calm you down, but Wallace shows the opposite effects.
He is one of the most hyper-active, belligerent, players in the league. Maybe he uses it to calm down after an especially hard night.
If he decides to share with his new teammates, we could be witness to the most laid back contenders in history.
Michael Beasley gets points for realizing that he had a problem, and having the fortitude to deal with it.
Beasley is a player who has been generating whispers since his days at Oak Hill.
He is a player that I suspected, and my thoughts may have been confirmed. I tread lightly on this, because no evidence of what he was abusing has yet to be rendered.
Since this leaves me room to speculate, I will gladly include him in my gallery, plus it would help explain his supreme effort on offense, and his total lack of effort on defense.
If Gilbert wanted to roll a few blunts, who could blame him? He hasn't sniffed a meaningful ballgame in the better part of two years.
His introspection and loose lips are two of the classic symptoms of a habitual pothead.
He recently was fined for failing to address the media. Could it be that Gilbert has had a change of heart?
At least he has always had the game to back up his words, as far as his teammate, and number six on this list...
First he ignited a feud with LeBron James, and then he proclaimed, for anyone in earshot, that James was vastly overrated.
Well, most sober folks have said that LeBron is overrated, but none of us have been forced to face his wrath.
When put to the test, Stevenson flunked, with flying colors. If you're going to make those outlandish statements, at least have the game to back it up.
Stevenson's game consists of a decent outside game, average athleticism, and not much else.
Reminds me of the stoners sitting around explaining all of the world's problems, and their answers for solving them.
As one of my poster boys, Smith plays the game above the rim. Good thing too, because that's where it seems his mind usually is.
His highly memorable missed dunk in the playoffs, is a perfect advertisement for your "This Is Your Brain On Drugs."
Josh had the time to measure velocity, windspeed, and angles, and he still missed, and badly.
Maybe if Smith put down the rolling papers and picked up a playbook, we could see what his athleticism could bring to his game.
J.R. is another player so talented, that you have to feel that he's on something for his game to remain where it is.
The only thing he really excels in is the long ball, and you can picture his (maybe) glassy eyes as the ball continues it's arc of descent.
His emotional displays, and accompanying bone-headed plays are classic symptoms, plus his tendency for his energy to fall off is similar to coming down from a high.
Is there really any other explanation? First off, he starts a weird diatribe to fans on his website, then he decides to wage a war with Jay-Z?
The strange rantings are evidence enough, but Jay first spoke of him getting robbed, like what, five years ago?
Everyone knows that it takes the perpetually-stoned a little time to get around to pressing issues. But five years? Really?
Marbury's once regal game has been lost in the delirious rantings of a has-been peasant.
The zany, weird, unpredictable, persona that is Ron Artest has joined the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA will never be the same again.
Sure, Ron's antics have always been questionable, but now he has the chance to project them in one of the largest markets on earth.
I wouldn't even know where to begin when asking, To smoke? or not To smoke?
His resume reads like a High Times article. He has been involved in so many surreal moments that I won't waste your time rehashing them.
Artest would definitely be the leader of the "suspect" movement, if it wasn't for this guy...
The official spokesperson for the High Times gallery is Josh Howard, who by all means, achieved it honestly.
Howard let it slip on video, that he occasionally indulges, and that he sees nothing wrong with it at all.
Talk about taking the bull by the horns. Howard didn't see any problem in his revelation, but everyone else sure did.
Truthfully, I appreciate his honesty, because he just voiced what most of us have known for years anyway.
Howard is a great player, but this may explain the vacant glare in his eyes when the Mavericks are in critical situations.
Josh Howard is truly a (high) man of our times.
I know that Crabtree is not a basketball player, but if I didn't include him, I couldn't live with myself.
What the hell was he thinking? His argument was based on what his contract would be if he were a top five pick?
That has pothead written all over it. Only a dedicated weed-head could create an alternate universe in which to use as a bargaining chip.