The NBA and the NBA Players Association have been able to weed out a rule for the upcoming season. They will now be no random marijuana testing during the 2020-21 season. They also cancelled the tests when the teams were in the league bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and there were some phenomenal games played, so maybe there’s a correlation?
“Due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction with the pandemic, we have agreed with the NBPA to suspend random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse,” the league said in a statement.
No players commented on the decision Friday, but it would be safe to assume that many would be high on the decision to eliminate a random marijuana test.
Training camps officially opened on Tuesday, ending a very short off-season for the teams that went deep into the playoffs, which ended in October. Full team practices start Sunday, and the first preseason games are set for Dec. 11.
On top of no random pot tests, the season will be different in other ways. For one thing, it’s starting almost two months later than usual, on Dec. 22, and each team will play a 72-game schedule.