Kerr tells Com­cast Sport­sNet Bay Area he smoked pot for pain

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

OAK­LAND: Steve Kerr, the reign­ing NBA Coach of the Year with the Golden State Warriors, ac­knowl­edged he tried mar­i­juana twice in the past 18 months while deal­ing with de­bil­i­tat­ing back pain.

Kerr told Com­cast Sport­sNet Bay Area’s Warriors In­sider Pod­cast with Monte Poole on Fri­day that he used medic­i­nal mar­i­juana but it didn’t help - but painkillers have been worse. “I have no idea if I would, maybe I would have failed a drug test, I don’t even know if I’m sub­ject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA,” Kerr said. “I tried it and it didn’t help at all.”

The 51-year-old Kerr missed the first 43 games last sea­son and the team’s record 24-0 start while on a leave of ab­sence fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions from two back surg­eries. A spinal fluid leak led to ter­ri­ble headaches, nau­sea and neck pain among other symp­toms that left him feel­ing frus­trated and down.

Kerr noted, “athletes ev­ery­where are pre­scribed Vi­codin like it’s Vi­ta­min C, like it’s no big deal.” He said he hopes sports leagues “are able to look past the per­cep­tion” and that it’s only a mat­ter of time to change rules. He also was just se­lected the Western Con­fer­ence Coach of the Month for Novem­ber.

—AP

OAK­LAND: In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr re­acts dur­ing the team’s NBA bas­ket­ball game against the San An­to­nio Spurs.

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