The NBA didn’t test players for marijuana during the restart in Orlando, which could have contributed to the elevated quality of play and may be something that gets negotiated into the next collective bargaining agreement.
Under current NBA rules, a player only receives a five-game suspension after their third positive test.
“Honestly, I think pot becomes legal in the next collective bargaining agreement,” said Bill Simmons on the Zach Lowe podcast. “That was another lesson we learned from this bubble. They weren’t testing for pot. Could that have been one of the factors [why] quality of play was better? Maybe? Recovery?”
“If you’re going to have players live in the bubble in Disneyworld for three-and-a-half money, you’ve got to make some allowances,” replied Lowe.
The MLB and NHL have already essentially eliminated punishments for positive marijuana tests.