“It’s good if you’re able to laugh at your mistakes,” Booker said. “A lot went on last year, but he still fought through it and is still grinding.” Booker helped Russell nearly every step of the way, from the moment he informed his friend the video prank had gone viral and become tabloid fodder. Beyond the commercial shoot, the two vacationed together with mutual friends and family in Mexico during the offseason and comforted each other through the highs and lows of their rookie seasons. Russell is scheduled to sit out when the Lakers (10-14) play host to the Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, still nursing a sore knee that has sidelined him for 11 of the last 12 games. “He was positive,” Russell said of Booker. “He was there. He had my back through it all.”
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Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson said he understands where Kerr is coming from but is concerned that Kerr’s message about embracing marijuana might be taken the wrong way by youngsters. “I think our rhetoric on it has to be very careful because you have a lot of kids where I’m from that’s reading this, and they think [marijuana use is] cool,” Watson told ESPN on Saturday after the Suns’ 138-109 loss to the Warriors. “It’s not cool. Where I’m from, you don’t get six fouls to foul out. You get three strikes. One strike leads to another. I’m just being honest with you, so you have to be very careful with your rhetoric.”
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Storyline: Marijuana Use
Watson said he doesn’t feel that the coaching profession is the appropriate line of work for publicly advocating the benefits of consuming marijuana as a pain reliever. “I think it would have to come from a physician — not a coach,” Watson said. “And for me, I’ve lived in that other life [of crime and drugs]. I’m from that area, so I’ve seen a lot of guys go through that experience of using it and doing other things with that were both illegal. And a lot of those times, those guys never make it to the NBA, they never make it to college, and somehow it leads to something else, and they never make it past 18.
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Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson said he understands where Kerr is coming from but is concerned Kerr’s message about embracing marijuana might be taken the wrong way by youngsters. “I think our rhetoric on it has to be very careful because you have a lot of kids where I’m from that’s reading this, and they think [marijuana use is] cool,” Watson told ESPN on Saturday after the Suns’ 138-109 loss to the Warriors. “It’s not cool. Where I’m from, you don’t get six fouls to foul out. You get three strikes. One strike leads to another. I’m just being honest with you, so you have to be very careful with your rhetoric.”
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Storyline: Marijuana Use