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Lamar Odom

Not the Only NBA Drug User

8/29/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lamar Odom is not the only basketball player who was high on drugs during the season -- not by a long shot, TMZ has learned.

Multiple NBA-connected sources tell TMZ ... the big problem is that the league is only allowed to test players 4 times during a season.  Because testing is randomized, the last test can be administered as early as January, and the season lasts for months thereafter.  As one recently-retired NBA player put it, after the 4th test, "It's like Christmas Day.  We can take whatever we want."

One NBA-connected source says pot is "ubiquitous" in the sport.  The source adds, however, that most athletes who indulge do so in moderation so it doesn't have a perceptible impact on their performance.  An NBA rep tells us ... weed is not only prevalent, it's hardly hidden -- he says the hotel rooms where the players stay, and even the halls, have the telltale smell.

The players we've spoken with all agree ... pot is prevalent.  But some of the players say Lean -- Sprite and Codeine cough syrup -- has become a recreational drug of choice during the season.  One player said it was even used during the recent playoffs.

One current and famous player tells TMZ, he estimates 30% of his fellow NBAers use hard drugs -- including Molly, Ecstasy, and Lean --  at some point during the season.  He says he's never been aware of anyone doing cocaine during the season. 

Another current and famous player tells us he estimates only 10% of NBA players use hard drugs, and no one uses cocaine during the season -- it's too risky.  He also says Lean is a drug of choice.

An NBA source agrees -- he estimates 10-15% of the players use hard drugs during the season.

One NBA insider believes the drug use problem has gotten better over the last 5 years because of social media.  He says players have been burned because pictures of them doing things they shouldn't be show up on Instagram and Facebook, and it's inhibited them.

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31.

Sticky Icky    

Everyone does drugs. They make people happy. I don't see what the big deal is?? He can afford it. He's an adult.

367 days ago
32.

Rachael    

HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH LAMAR DRUG STORIES... YOU CAN'T MAKE YOURSELF LOOK BETTER BY MAKING IT A "THING" TMZ... REPORTING PASSIVELY ON IT THE DAYS AFTER. YOU ARE EFEN LIEING TRASH!

367 days ago
33.

static    

All you have to do is look at the Bobcats everyone in that entire organization has to be on something, I cant believe it's possible to suck that much naturally.

367 days ago
34.

oink    

Has TMZ reported Mommy Jenner show was CANCELLED?

say NO To KARTRASHINS

367 days ago
35.

Ryan@Denver    

Dear Harvey:

PLEASE hire editors and people who were able to pass 4th grade grammar classes. Thanks!

Sincerely,
-A reader who is constantly irritated by TMZ's slaughtering of language and journalism.

"show up on Instagram and Facebook, and it's inhibited them" would mean: "and it is inhibited them".

367 days ago
36.

The Zib    

Really Lamar? Thanks for the shocking bombshell! I am amazed that there are hard core drug users in the NBA...oh wait, no I'm not. Look at what the NBA is comprised of, hoods that have a ton of money. Just like rappers. You can take the black out of the ghetto, but...you know the rest.

367 days ago
37.

James420    

Is this news? Tell us something we don't already know. This seems like a pathetic attempt to justify singling out lamar.

367 days ago
38.

scrapper    

This is just wrong. Thanks for the report on this Harvey. How sad that guys that get so much money and so many perks. And the league is looking the other way. This needs to stop. Young kids idolize these guys. SMH

367 days ago
39.

J    

Wow that family has really done it now.. Throw the whole NBA under the bus. The Lakers, the Clippers, the MAVS... They will stop at nothing..

367 days ago
40.

cluesarethere    

Way to go TMZ.. Shine the spotlight on how the NBA looks the other way when it comes to drug testing. Major League Baseball has ignored drugs and their players for years and look what's happening. Would love to hear a statement from the NBA and their association.

367 days ago
41.

kells    

More amazing detective work tmz! If you researched every profession, I am betting you would find a percentage of drug users. Some higher than others obviously, but I sure even the highest educated and well paid have drug abuse. Classic tmz story overkill sensationalism.

367 days ago
42.

randomnone    

Do you guys go home and cry into your pillows after being pathetic losers all day? You are really a sad joke

367 days ago
43.

Gsharon 710    

Whatever witch KJ have on TMZ or it's kitty reporters will all come out when she is finished making you dance to her tune. Actually I hope I am here to see how many stories she spin about you. She also have another rag in her crutches. Saving up for popcorn for the big show-down.

367 days ago
44.

YouDontSay    

So lets keep idolizing them and paying them large amounts of money to play a game and do drugs. Keep it up America! WTF!

367 days ago
45.

nej    

really? who cares? let them takes drugs.

366 days ago
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