The use of any illegal drug, when it becomes public, reflects poorly on the league as a whole. I'm not saying players should be drawn and quartered for going one toke over the line. But the policy that the NBA floated last week (which is being resisted by the players' union) would keep the league from looking like one big Grateful Dead concert. Then there's this benefit: The players might find that being policed by the NBA cuts down on their contact with the actual police.
Wouldn't it be nice to think that all NBA players obey the law? But just as surely as many of them do 70 in a 55 zone—honest!—it's also true that many of them light up a joint now and again, 70%, in fact, according to a recent New York Times survey. Cocaine and performance-enhancing substances are dangerous enough to merit the league's testing for them, but, unless players start bringing dime bags to games, going pot-hunting in the 1990s seems kind of dopey.