Time to open up the ol’ medicine cabinet and grab some sodium thiopental or maybe 3-quinuclidinyl benzilate for this list. TheSportster contacted their spies on the ground and we have injected a truth serum into the veins of 15 NBA basketball players. What they told us was shocking and we decided to share the information with you. We kid about using a truth serum on basketball players but we do have 15 secrets that you may want to know.
Everyone has their own dark secrets that they share with no one or maybe a select few. It’s human nature and secrets won’t go away unless we live in a dystopian future where all our thoughts are collected in a data bank. We’re looking at you, Facebook. Some people keep secrets so they don’t hurt another person’s feelings, others keep secrets because they’re too embarrassed by a certain situation. Many NBA players keep secrets because it could harm their professional careers. They can admit to something and the next thing you know they lost that sneaker deal or get suspended by the NBA.
You may not think a secret on this list isn’t bad but just put yourself in that person’s sneakers. Keep in mind their secret could have a stigma attached to it or could end a great relationship with a business or someone.
15 Phil Jackson: Admits To Smoking Marijuana
Arguably the greatest head coach of all-time, Phil Jackson admitted to smoking marijuana to treat back pain in an interview with CBS’ Sports James Herbet in 2016. You may not think this is a dark secret because Jackson has lived a large portion of his life in California and is called, “The Zen Master,” but the NBA still has a strict tolerance on marijuana use. Regardless of how many states legalize the substance, the NBA doesn’t want any of their members openly using and promoting the plant.
14 Jalen Rose: Intentionally Injured Kobe
You may not think this is a big deal, but you’re also probably not a professional athlete in the NBA and don’t know the unwritten rules of their brotherhood. Jalen Rose was a great role player for several teams after being drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1994. He would be involved in several playoff runs and in 2012, he admitted to doing something that was a big no-no in the league.
13 Steve Kerr: Admits To Smoking Marijuana
Steve Kerr is either one lucky guy or is a basketball God posing as a human. Think about it, he somehow found himself on the Chicago Bulls when the greatest player ever, Michael Jordan, was in his prime. After winning four championships with the Bulls, he then won a championship with one of the greatest organizations ever, the San Antonio Spurs. It gets better, after deciding to get into coaching, Kerr had a choice between the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors.
12 Michael Sweetney: Eating Disorder
Michael Sweetney was on top of the world when the New York Knicks selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. He would throw out the first pitch at a New York Mets game, be featured in the newspapers, and was treated as a king. Maybe all that comfort was the exact opposite of what Sweetney needed.
11 Kyrie Irving: Believes Earth Is Flat
Do you spend a lot of time listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast? If you do, then you probably know all about the “Flat Earth” conspiracy theory out there. If you don’t know, “Flat Earth” has made a comeback in mainstream culture after a hiatus for a couple of centuries. Appearing on the Road Trippin podcast this year, the outstanding point guard admitted to believing in the “Flat Earth” theory.
10 Larry Sanders: Marijuana Use, Depression
The lanky big man was selected by Milwaukee Bucks with the fifteenth pick in the 2010 NBA draft and has spent most of his career with the franchise. He would be known for his defense and rebounding skills but never turned in a star that could carry the team. His personal problems would spill over into his professional life when he was inactive on the Buck’s roster in December of 2014 for seven games.
9 Stephen Jackson: Marijuana Use Before Games
Stephen Jackson was selected in the second round of the 1997 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. It’s amazing he even reached the second round when you look at his career. He was never an All-Star and wasn’t the best player on his team, however, Jackson would be a great role player for many organizations, including the 2003 NBA champions, San Antonio Spurs. Jackson would retire in 2015 but wouldn’t come to admit that he smoked marijuana before games until 2017.
8 Metta World Peace: Drinking Alcohol During Games
Metta World Peace is an enigma wrapped in a quagmire and stuffed into a quandary. Or maybe he’s just crazy. Regardless of what you think of him, he's one of the better basketball players to come out of his draft when he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in 1999. He would help the Los Angeles Lakers win an NBA championship in 2010 and is arguably the best defender of his generation.
7 Lamar Odom: Getting Caught In The Act
Lamar Odom would be selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the fourth overall pick in the 1999 NBA draft. He won two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and a Sixth Man of the Year award in 2011. Odom had a lot of potential and skill but demons would plague him throughout his life. With his ties to the Kardashian family, Odom’s drug abuse would be on the front pages of many tabloids and websites around the world.
6 Chris Herren: Admitting To Drug Overdose
Drafted in the second round by the Denver Nuggets in 1999, Chris Herren would only play two seasons in the NBA before transitioning over to the international circuit. While a member of the Boston Celtics, Herren would be introduced to OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet. For Herren, these painkillers would be the gateway drugs to heroin. In 2004, he would be arrested for possession of heroin and eventually overdosed on the drug.
5 Delonte West: Sleeping With Lebron's Mom
If you never knew about the saga between Delonte West and LeBron James, prepare to ask yourself in WWE’s Hurricane Helm’s voice, “Wasssup wit dat?” West and James were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2008 to 2010. Within that time, West would be rumored to have slept with LeBron’s mother. The rumors went viral and the two obviously didn’t get along.
4 Winston Bennett: Intercourse Addict
Winston Bennett would be selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third round of the 1988 NBA draft. He would play in the NBA for three seasons before moving onto the international circuit. He may be more known in the basketball world for being fired because he allegedly hit his own player while coaching at Kentucky State University in 2003.
3 Michael Jordan: Admitted To Being Racist
The greatest NBA player ever, Michael Jordan, admitted to being racist towards white people during his youthful years in 2014. For the African American community or black people around the world in general, this probably isn’t much of a shock, nor should it be a deep secret, however, many people still live inside a bubble and don’t understand the complexities of racial issues. Jordan said, "I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people."
2 Magic Johnson: Admitting To Being Diagnosed With HIV
The five-time NBA champion will go down as one of the greatest players in the game but there was a moment in his career where Magic was enshrouded in uncertainty about his legacy. In 1991, Johnson held a press conference to tell the world he was diagnosed with the deadly disease, HIV. Many were and still are under the assumption that you’re gay or bisexual if you tested positive for HIV.
1 Jason Collins: First Openly Gay NBA Player
Jason Collins was selected by the Houston Rockets with the eighteenth overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. Although the towering center was a standout in high school and college, Collins never transitioned into a star in the NBA. He would bounce around seven teams before retiring after the 2014 season. Before he would retire, Collins would admit his biggest secret of his life in an issue of Sports Illustrated in 2013.
He would become the first active professional male athlete in North America to announce that he's gay. As much heat as he got from his announcement, he also received praise from many both in the NBA and outside. Collins secret was kept in such a dark place, his former fiancée, Carolyn Moos, didn’t know about it until after the story went viral.
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