Kevin Durant Turns Up for David Letterman Interview High
Fresh from a disappointing season, where injury issues played a big part in his team’s failure to make it long into the play-off picture (where many had predicted the Brooklyn Nets were heading), Kevin Durant sat down for an interview with legendary chat show host David Letterman.
The Nets were named as the favorites to win the NBA title this season, backed up by odds presented on sidelines.io, but Steve Nash’s side struggled in regular-season play and then crashed out 4-0 against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the play-offs, a series that saw Durant post his worst post-season PPG average since 2010.
His interview with David Letterman, part of his ‘My Guest Needs No Introduction’ series, was an honest and interesting discussion that included Durant’s admission that he was high as the pair talked;
“Did you smoke today?” Letterman asked Durant.
“Yeah. I’m actually high right now,” Durant responded before adding;
“To me, it clears the distractions out of your brain a little bit,”
“It settles you down. It’s like having a glass of wine.”
The 33-year-old, 12-time All-Star pick went on to reveal he’s been using marijuana since the age of 22 and was looking to change the perception that some may have about the use of the substance.
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Durant has also invested in the platform Weedmaps, adding;
“We partner with them on content and trying to figure out ways to change the narrative around athletes and marijuana,”
The two-time NBA champion has long been an advocate of marijuana and has been especially vocal about the way the sports community looks at its use of it;
“In the sports world, it was kind of an undercover thing, that players used cannabis, and used it while they were actively playing. And I always thought that was an interesting thing, even as I started to come into the league. Now you hear the conversation more and more around the league about it [cannabis],” Durant stated via Forbes last year.
On the playing front, Durant will hope that his Brooklyn Nets can deliver next season, and the absence of distractions, such as the self-enforced absence of Kyrie Irving (due to his COVID-19 vaccination status), would be a great help to the team.
Durant has completed two seasons at the Nets and has been a very capable performer but needs his teammates to up their game if Brooklyn is going to secure their first-ever NBA title any time soon.
As regards to other players on the Nets roster, there is speculation that Ben Simmons may be set to leave the Barclays Center before he’s even played a game.
The Australian-born player joined from the Philadelphia 76ers mid-season in a trade that saw James Harden move in the opposite direction and has now been linked with a move to the Detroit Pistons. It’s a move that seems plausible as it’s still unclear whether Simmons has a future at the Nets.