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Lamar Odom

Not the Only NBA Drug User

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

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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this shows one of two things:

1) The power of drugs to make people risk it all for a high
2) The stupidity of "college educated" (if only 1 year) basketball players to risk millions of dollars in earnings(even the mediocre ones) and especially endorsements to get high.

419 days ago


School shootings- Tom Cruise- Boston Bombings... No matter how entertaining, terrible or shocking the story...NOTHING has EVER stayed at the top of the page so long on TMZ as something that Kris Jenner wants. A nobody basketkball player married to an even less nobody. And all unproven stories that even if they WERE proven dont get a mention on here. Anybody else notice this? This is a KARDASHIAN PAID site!

419 days ago


Did pimp mama kris feed you that story too, TMZ?

419 days ago


oh my my..I am sooooooooo shocked!! NOT!

419 days ago


More money, more problems, drugs, fast cars, groupies, golddiggin wives , expensive homes, endless possibilities.

419 days ago


Not trying to be racist at all... but what is with black people and mixing soda and narcotic cough syrups? Rappers and "purple drank" now basketball plays and sprite and codeine... I dont get it. Cultural thing?

419 days ago


Yea just ask michael phelps. Mr. puff puff pazz.

419 days ago


Why is the NBA only allowed to drug test 4 times a season? Why is even allowed to be part of the contract? The Players' Union?? Where are the REAL MEN in sports??

419 days ago


Who cares?? Drugs are the new normal..... If u not on drugs, its something wrong with you. @sixfeetshang Follow on IG

419 days ago


Laura you idiot, purple drank is codeine and Sprite. It's the same thing.

419 days ago


I enjoy athletes for what they do on the field. I don't care if a few of them enjoy some drugs. Get over it. This isn't news.

419 days ago


simple reason: to increase his performance.

419 days ago

Travis Fields    

"Molly" and Ecstasy are the same thing.

419 days ago


The REAL issue is that the National League owners support drug use. They are only interested in profits the players make for them. And the National Leagues are free from Taxes too. They are classified as non profits.

419 days ago

Big Khloe    

Lamar did it.

419 days ago
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