During an appearance on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson's All the Smoke podcast, J.R. Smith shared some insight on how NBA players operated inside of the bubble back in 2020.
The former Lakers guard confirmed that NBA players were smoking marijuana inside the bubble.
"We was blowing it down in there,” Smith said. “You know what's funny though? That was the only way you could really function in that joint."
Smith then said the bubble proved that marijuana doesn't affect a player's ability to hoop.
"It was cool, I’m glad it happened because it finally broke that barrier and that stigma that you couldn’t play and all of this, it was a drug, it was this and that,” he continued. “But when you go to the bubble basketball, some of them dudes was — granted, it was like practice games and some of ‘em really can’t play that well in front of 30,000 — but at the same time you saw some of the best level of basketball.”
Smith ultimately believes players were at peace during their time in the bubble.
"When you can be at peace with your mind, your body, and your soul, and you can go out there and just hoop, that’s all you want," Smith explained.
Smith went on to win an NBA title with the Lakers during the 2019-20 season.