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Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  21 responses

NBA ‘Very Focused’ on HGH Testing


Deputy commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA is taking Human Growth Hormone testing very seriously, though he cautions that the League isn’t aware of any PED involvement by NBA players. Per the NY Post: “One of the changes that we know we’ll be making to our current drug testing is the addition of HGH testing, which requires taking blood from the players,’ NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said last week. ‘We want to make sure, on behalf of our players, as well, that’s it’s done in the proper way, and that we understand what are the appropriate baselines for a natural substance, like HGH, so we can detect where there are aberrations. That is something we’re very focused on.’ Silver said while the NBA has been monitoring the Biogenesis case as it has developed over the past several months, the league isn’t aware of any involvement of its players with the clinic, contrary to a recent report. ‘We’ve been actively working to understand the situation and to the extent possible to learn what is being uncovered by MLB’s investigation,’ Silver said. ‘We are not aware of any involvement by NBA players.’ While the NBA is still in the process of implementing HGH testing, virtually all of its star players, including local headliners Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, have been subjected to Olympic-level testing — the most thorough testing program available — as part of their participation in international competition. The NBA has the same three-strikes penalty structure as MLB, with a 20-game suspension for a first PED offense, followed by 45 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. All players are subject to six random tests each year — four during the season, and two during the offseason. Although the implementation of HGH testing is something that likely won’t be completed until the NBA Players Association has hired a new executive director — something it’s currently in the process of doing it — Silver said he has heard nothing but agreement from the players on the need to ensure fairness for all.”

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  • BugEyes

    I think most players in every professional sports league take peds more to recover from an injury than to perform better, especially in basketball. rashard lewis and turk got caught doing peds in Orlando, makes you wonder about dwight, but I couldn’t imagine a guard taking steroids.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’ll believe it when i see it. the current drug testing system is a total crock of sh*t. adding a form of testing does little to nothing considering the player’s are pretty informed on when they get tested.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    If they make it anywhere close to how they do it when you physical for the military it would be an improvement. Those people don’t mess around down there.

  • bike

    If it helps a sprinter–think Ben Johnson–I don’t see why it wouldn’t help a basketball player. PED’s can be designed for just about any athletic endeavor these days.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah but the military doesn’t make their money off of the reputation of its service men. i wouldn’t expect any system that is set up to catch everyone.

  • Dfrance

    I don’t think the NBA wants to find out. The league is at the peak of its popularity right now. With all the scandals in baseball, the scandals and concern over safety in football, the NBA is in a great place to grow even more in terms of popularity.

    The last thing they want is an HGH scandal, especially if it involved one of their stars.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Yea I know just saying if it was like that it would be great. I don’t wish that physical on any man lol very uncomfortable and structured

  • Youngindy21

    Lebron is probably on HGH. How is Paul George taller than Lebron but Lebron weighs like 30 to 40 more pounds than him and they both athletes.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    The fact that the NBA has the same 3 strike penalty system as MLB is ridiculous. NBA has 82 games a season and MLB has 162 games per season. Even if any of the NBA players get caught with HGH or PED’s, they shouldn’t be held to the same accountability as an MLB player, it should be much less.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Oh man you might have a point. No never mind, you definitely don’t have a point.

  • bike

    Um….genetics?

  • anon

    Of course the NBA wants to expose their own dirty secrets. Look at the Donaghy scandal and how open and transparent the NBA was in dealing with that…oh wait…

  • Dfrance

    #YouBeTrollin

  • thebossman15

    wouldnt be surprised if bron was on that sh!t..dudes forehead is startin too look like frankenstein to say the least

  • Ugh

    That makes no sense. If you think they take PEDs to assist in injury recovery, why wouldn’t a guard do it?

  • BugEyes

    I was saying if a guard used it to perform better, not recovery purposes because they are already quick and athletic and don’t have to be as strong as the big men. that’s what I meant. I wrote it wrong

  • BugEyes

    Yea I know. I just been around basketball along time nothing more than college ball just never heard of anyone mention or taking it, I think it’s a sport where I don’t think you need it

  • nate jay

    trying to clone its athletes. lol

  • pposse

    it is much less (its still pretty proportional to the mlb system). The only similiarity is that if you get caught 3 times your kicked out of the league for good.

    1st offense in baseball – 50 games 2nd offense – 100 games. Both numbers represent a higher percentage of overall games in a baseball season than the suspension policy for NBA players.

  • havoc33

    Sshsh. The NBA is just stalling so that their star players can get clean. Any testing they set up will be a joke anyway.

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