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Former Nuggets exec Rex Chapman says player was high at 2010 playoffs practice

Former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman played in the NBA for 12 seasons. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images) Former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman played in the NBA for 12 seasons. (Garrett Ellwood/Getty Images)

Former Denver Nuggets executive Rex Chapman says a player that was on the team during the 2009-2010 season showed up to practice high on marijuana.

Chapman, who served as the team's vice president of pro personnel, said on the morning of a 2010 playoff game, the unidentified player showed up to practice so high that he pulled the player aside so he could get focused.

That team lost in a first round series to the Utah Jazz four games to two.

"Across all walks of life and in every profession, people smoke (marijuana). This is no secret, and pro sports are not exempt," Chapman said to the Denver Post. "But employers deserve and pay for A-plus employees. There is a time and place for everything. As a member of a team, guys owe it to their teammates to put their best foot forward."

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The NBA started testing for marijuana in 1999.
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