Hall Of Fame NBA Coach Grows His Own Weed Strain, Continues To Be The Man

Bryan Brandom
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Legendary NBA coach Don Nelson won five titles as a player in Celtics green.

Now, he’s rocking a different kind of green.

At his home in Hawaii, the retired Hall of Famer grows his own strain of marijuana.

“Oh, it’s great. Great stuff,” the winningest head coach in NBA history told the New York Times. “It’s called Nellie Kush. It’s O.G. and Hindu Kush. Hindu Kush is really good. It comes from India and the guy that brought it over mixed the two of them, so we’ve got Nellie Kush now.”

That sorta things happen when you’re in a regular poker game with some of the world’s most famous stoners: Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, and Owen Wilson.

“No, I didn’t smoke until maybe three or four years ago. I never smoked when I was coaching. I just started. Willie got me smoking.”

We probably could have gleaned that solely from this picture.

This new hobby shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Not only was Nelson the freaking man throughout his NBA life, but he was extremely cool with the other kind of blazers during his coaching days, to which Stephen Jackson hilariously attested a year ago.

Then there’s this story about a conversation he had with Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis. It’s not directly related to pot, but it sure as hell makes one wish they could get in on that Hawaii poker game:

When the breakup of the Soviet Union happened, we told Arvydas that if he cared anything about the future of basketball in his country, he would go back and fuck every chick he could possibly find. And he better not use the blanks — he better use the 7-foot-4 cartridges. Then in 2010, Lithuania would have all this talent. Obviously, he didn’t listen, because I don’t see any 7-foot-4 kids out there.

I’d plead with NBA teams to hire this man and bring him back into our lives, but I’d hate to harsh his vibe.