How Willie Nelson got Don Nelson smoking pot: ‘It's called Nellie Kush'


Don Nelson is...

... living his best life.

The former Warriors head coach resides in Maui, and he's rooting for Golden State to win the title.

He's also growing his own pot.

In a recent Q&A with Alex Williams of the New York Times, Nelson shared a lot.

"I’ve got a medical card. I’m legal here," Nelson said. "When any athlete gets old, every injury you have sustained seems to resurrect. It helps me deal with the pain without pain pills, and helps with that stress.

"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."

Who is Willie?

That would be music legend Willie Nelson.

The two play poker together, along with the likes of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.

"I didn’t think I’d ever be a pot smoker, but hanging out with Willie and Woody and guys like that, you know, everybody smokes in those games," Don Nelson explained. "It just became kind of natural. Usually you’re smoking with your friends, sitting around, telling stories, you smoke a bowl.

"It’s not that I smoke all the time. I usually just smoke at night during poker games. Like Willie told me, it’s hard to be depressed when you’re smoking pot."

And the marijuana that Don grows?

"Oh, it’s great. Great stuff. 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."

Do yourself a favor and read the whole Q&A.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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