Boston Celtics Hall of Fame small forward Paul Pierce was in the city he helped bring Banner 17 to on Sunday, promoting his new “Truth Number 34” line of cannabis products in a local dispensary. One of several new ventures entered into by the champion Celtic since leaving his job as a broadcaster with ESPN earlier this year, Pierce’s cannabis products are to be as reliable as the Inglewood native was at the end of games,according to the man himself. “I know we’re going to bring something you can depend on, something you can go to, something that’s clutch,” he said at the promotional appearance Sunday courtesy of local station WHDH. “Similar to my play,” he added with a wry smile. That’s what my product is going to be.”
The winners of the latest batch of 55 precious pot shop permits includes former NBA stars Allen Iverson and Al Harrington, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen, longtime news anchor Robin Robinson and the indicted son of ex-state Rep. Eddie Acevedo.
Kevin Durant may seem a bit high-strung with the way he reacts to criticism from fans and the media, but the Brooklyn Nets star apparently spends plenty of time making sure he is mellowed out. Durant “smokes even more weed than you would think,” according to author Matt Sullivan. Sullivan recently released a book called “Can’t Knock the Hustle,” and he followed the Nets for two years while writing it. During that time, he learned that Durant rarely goes out socially or takes vacations. Instead, Sullivan says K.D. basically just plays basketball and smokes.
Sullivan discussed the book during an appearance on Dan Le Batard’s podcast this week. “I was at his house at one o’clock in the morning. The entire place just reeks,” he said, via Sam Riches of the Winnipeg Sun. “He doesn’t have a girlfriend. He doesn’t go on crazy vacations. He doesn’t do anything other than hoop. Like nothing. He’s boring as hell. So going out to him is just blazing.”
The 57 NBA players in consideration to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, many of them currently playing in the postseason, will be subject to marijuana testing starting May 25. Why is this news? Because since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic — so, the Disney bubble, and then for the entire 2020-21 season — the league has not tested its players for marijuana. Due to the social restrictions to combat COVID-19, which meant a lot of isolation, the NBA chose to basically allow cannabis use. But, according to a memo sent to all the 30 teams on Tuesday, which was obtained by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Joe Vardon, “each national team player” for Team USA will be subject to World Anti-Doping Agency testing, which includes cannabinoids, narcotics and also performance-enhancing drugs.
While Webber waits for the call, though, he’s joined with JW Asset Management to launch a $100 million private equity cannabis fund that will invest in companies led by minority entrepreneurs pursuing careers in the cannabis sector. Since federal and state laws have eased up on marijuana, business has boomed but Black people have largely been shut out. Webber hopes to change that.