Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  43 responses

What Rashard Lewis’s PED Suspension Means

by Marcel Mutoni

Above all else, what I took away from the surprising news yesterday is that suspicion of pro basketball players – which had been bubbling underneath the surface for some time, largely due to the embarrassing steroid scandals in baseball and football – is now at an elevated level (justified or not).

Beyond that, I’m not sure there’s much else to take away.

Before Lewis, only a handful of NBAers had been busted for performance enhancing drugs, and none were for anything one would deem overly serious. And that reportedly includes ‘Shard — so says this steroid expert the Orlando Sentinel dug up.

All of this is not to say that Lewis shouldn’t be punished; he absolutely should. Rashard broke the rules, and for that he’ll face the harsh consequences.

And it’s good for sports fans to have this conversation, as we’re afforded an opportunity to learn more about the issue of PEDs (which is obviously not going away anytime soon.)

So, what about the Orlando Magic, who will be without one of their top players to kick off the season? Vince Carter may have to carry a bigger load than he or anyone else had anticipated.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    Why do people refer to it as “juicing” when they aren’t injecting needles in them for dietary supplements? And what’s funny about fans and media chastising professional sports stars for taking supplements is that, in this society, GNC does more business from THEM than they do from athletes. Everybody is so obsessed with looking fit, keeping their weight down, going to the gym, having healthy skin, looking and feeling their best. If the entire census got “random testing,” 90% of the adult population, and maybe 70% of youth, would be “juicing.” Flintstone vitamins, anyone?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Vince was carrying the load with a ‘bit’ of help from D. Harris the last two years – I’m sure he’ll be just fine for 10 games with a guy like Dwight Howard around. And Jameer Nelson. And well, you get the point.

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  • rikson

    Nobody cares if the adult population takes steroids, cause they are not in a competition and therefore wont ruin it…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Pretty embarrassing for Shard to be caught using Penis Enhancing Drugs.

  • Felix

    Anton, he has to shower next to Dwight Howard

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    HHAHA @ Anton&Felix

  • http://www.manutd.com Z


  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    For real though, I could totally see why NBA players would juice up. Steroids are not only about getting buffed. It can make you recuperate faster which would be a tremendous advantage in the long gring that is the NBA season when you go thru those 4 games in 5 nights stretches.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    lol @ Anton and felix!!

  • ramon

    cleveland wouldve lost either way…..stop lookin for excuses cavs fans.

  • http:///www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Anton & Felix is filmed before a live studio audience

  • http://luxurycondosnow.com Graham

    He didn’t take steroids. It’s an over the counter supplement.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    …which contained steroids.
    I don’t know his intentions, but I know you can’t just sweep everything under the proverbial blanket of ignorance.

  • Stickz

    Rashard Lewis using PED’s? Who gets busted next, Tayshaun Prince?

  • LA Huey

    Maybe the rules should change.

  • http://june7thdonald@netzero.com donlaker

    lewis is a lanky 6’10 shooter, it is sad he had to juice on steriods to handle gasol , and odom
    and wally serbiak……what a loser..
    say something about all of the pot heads in the nba kareem abdul and robert parish never would have won with out the ganja buds

  • LA Huey

    I know rules are rules but do you guys think there is a difference between using drugs to recover from an injury (not fatigue) and enhance your speed/agility/strength (beyond what would be your max w/ good ol’ hardwork)?

  • cp

    i cant believe a guy like shard wud use roids cuz i dont see how they wud really help an nba player

  • DannyO

    @ Z: I didn’t know they make you recuperate faster. As soon as I read that I thought about Jameer Nelson coming back in the playoffs. Didn’t he come back way earlier than expected? I love how a story like this makes you think immediately of all the potential steroid abusers in the NBA.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    cp – then that just makes you ignorant and foolish.
    DannyO – That’s generally what steroids DO. Think about being a body-builder on some form of anabolic steroid, and a guy who isn’t. The regular joe can only work out at 90%+ 1 M/R once a day, and maybe 4/5 times a week, whereas the steroid taker can do that twice a day because his system recovers far quicker. YES, he still has to put in the work to improve, but he can do it more OFTEN, and go HARDER.
    So, it’s possible that ‘Shard can go twice as hard in regular season games because he knows that his body will be fine a few hours later. Muscle damage is reduced, bruises are less painful etc. It’s a big thing.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Oh, and LeBron James gets tested 3 to 4 times more often than the regular NBA player – it was in a report somewhere last year. And those tests are just ‘random’ – apparently they aren’t calculated. Riiight.
    He’s been tested since he was 15 years old too.
    The way he and Dwight train is for pylometric mass, not for strength the way other guys do. They’ve also got superior core strength to many other guys.

  • badnewzb8ller

    it aint cheating utill u get caught! oh wait….lol @ clev fan.

  • RedRum

    @Hursty: at last someone who understands steroids… as very well H has posted there are a lot of steroid types. The ones that bodybuilders use are the most potent ones, as they have a large anabolic effect, which means muscle mass.

    Many steroids commonly used in dynamic sports like basketball, soccer, and football (see how I respect you my US friends) have small anabolic effects, but since they are still steroids, they have amazing anti-inflammatory potency. This means a player can shoot for 3-4 hours, and the next day not feel his hands sore and go at it again and again and again day after day. You still need to do the shooting, but if you are not on steroids, you cannot shoot 3-4 hours everyday, without getting soreness and messing up your form (which is where the myth about weights messing up your shot came).

  • http://slam nyjoe

    Larry Bird had a sore back through the later part of his career. He was the first to show up and the last one to leave. MJ has played through the flu, and constantly elevated his game through a strict regimen of diet,practice,heart, and determination. Whatever happened to the true NBA athlete? Rashard, hit the gym and try to redeem whatever career you have left. Champions find a way, inside, to win. Your supposed to represent the league and carry on a tradition of great athletes before you. What a joke! You can’t keep this guy on the Magic as long as an athlete like Dwight Howard is there who clearly has all of the elements to be one of the future leaders of the game for the next generation.

  • Shaun

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I’m for letting these players in all professional leagues to use all the roids/hgh/performance enhancers they want. Someone said it in the other post about Shard, that the technology to detect these performance enhancers is far behind the technology to mask them, so if these guys want to make a couple million bucks in exchange for their long-term health, then let them make that choice, rather than testing these guys randomly and constantly, and STILL not knowing for sure if they are clean. I do think it’s kind of different with baseball though. The extra power matters in hitting home runs which in turn effects the home-run records that baseball purists hold to be sacred. Not that the NBA doesn’t have tradition too, I just don’t think a juiced Kobe or LeBron would manage to score more than 100 points in a game, or average 50 for an entire season. But maybe I’m wrong? I don’t know that much about performance enhancers but I think the Olympics have much tougher testing standards than our professional sports leagues, does anyone know? If the NBA/MLB/NFL were to test these players like the Olympics, do you think there would be more positive tests?

  • RedRum

    As I told in another post, the 1992 Dream Team had a specific deal with IOC in order to compete in the 1992 Olympics, that no drug testing would take place similar to the rest of the athletes in all other sports. Until 2008 the US teams did not have the same testing procedures used by WADA and the IOC (unannounced testing anytime, before and after the competition), but went by the US Basketball union procedure, that allowed testing twice per year in a pretty much specified time period in the off-season. This is easy to cheat. For the 2008 Olympics it was the first time that a US basketball team complied with WADA testing rules. And no, NBA players do not go under the same testing procedure as WADA during NBA seasons, the testing only takes place off-season (which is why Lewis was caught now).

  • danny

    red rum, you clearly do not know any kind of testing procedures, as the sample was from last year during the nba playoffs. Dumbass

  • Felix

    i can shoot for three of four hours a day. i dont use steroids. I am crazy though…

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Hey danny, remember how redrum and I were talking about recovery after injury? ‘Shard had busted up his ankle pretty good about a week before the playoffs with Philly, and was only about 75% for that series – he was estimated to miss 2 weeks without playing. Nothing suss right?
    I don’t claim to know the NBA testing procedures, but I do think they’d be continuing throughout the season.

  • CDef015

    People like tealish are living in a fantasy world. Please realize how easy it is in today’s world to get access to these supplements. DHEA shouldn’t even be regulated by the NBA. There is a huge difference from being injected and doing what Rashard chose to do.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    LA Huey Posted: Aug.7 at 3:09 pm
    Maybe the rules should change.
    They did. Travelling violations don’t exist any more.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s a nice thought on the surface, letting everyone have the freedom to take PED’s or not and give players a “right” to decide what they do to their bodies. But it’s a bigger issue than that. The principle that (in sports anyhow) must be upheld should remain; and tp that end we have this:

    That people from all walks of life can come together and compete within a set system of rules and boundaries to establish a clear winner, fairly and rightly so taht all onlookers will agree that the last team left standing deserves the recognition and accolades of their peers, fans and colleagues. Allowing some the ‘freedom’ to compete aided in this un-natural way goes against everything that sports is about.
    We compete fairly on the court/field or track so that we don’t go to war against our fellow man. We compete with honest integrity to so that we can stand united.
    Still, as humanity will allow it. Some must win at all costs, regardless of the greater good.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    - If the entire census got “random testing,” 90% of the adult population, and maybe 70% of youth, would be “juicing.”
    Thanks to Young Chris CP3 for visiting us from Mars. It’s a long way to go just to post on here. Give him a big hand, everyone.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign Dacre TWO TIMES!

  • RedRum

    @danny: I guess they changed them after 2008 to sort of comply with WADA. Still as Hursty says, it is obvious that most drug uses is not anabolic but anti-inflammatory. And this is still cheating…

  • RedRum

    oh… I just read in the paper that 34 US athletes were found positive in the 1984 Olympics and there was a whole system to hide who they were…

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  • lawlow

    why does shard need steroids..he just shoots threes

  • tom

    off topic

    where did “the wire” go?

  • bill breedley

    seriously…does anyone believe lebron got that big without roids? the boy is the sammy sosa of basketball. come to think of it the two can pass as twins.

  • rikson

    “They did. Travelling violations don’t exist any more.” -> Thats sooo true….

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    bill breedley: Why are you attacking Lebron and not Shaq/Dwight/Malone/Ewing/etc?