NBA to add HGH testing in 2013-2014 season
Commissioner David Stern has made it clear that he wants to add human growth hormones (HGH) testing to the NBA next season.
Stern said that this idea came from recent MLB performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) issue and wants to make a similar change like Roger Goodell mentioned about the NFL in getting HGH testing for the 2013-2014 season, according to SI.com. This season the MLB will begin in-season testing for HGH.
Sten said, “We watch what’s going on in baseball, we watch the negotiations that are going in with football, and it is my expectation that by next season (we) will be doing blood testing for HGH. Our players have been terrific. They lead this in some ways, saying, ‘We do not want to have anything less than the best.’ That’s been the way it’s been since 1983.”
There is support from other members in the NBA for the start of HGH testing, according to the New York Daily News.
Brooklyn Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse said, “With the aches and pains I have, test them for whatever. Because if they’ve been playing longer than I have and cheating, then they need to get caught. But other than Gatorade and some glucosamine and chondroitin, that’s about all I’ve taken. But we’re going to do what we can to stay on par with the other leagues. I think the commissioner says he’s going out, he’ll leave something for (his replacement) Adam (Silver) to do.”
Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo said, “If it’s not (clean results) and they find something out, good, then you need to identify that. It’s probably a crazy way of looking at it. But it doesn’t bother me. I don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t see any evidence or I’m not concerned. But I don’t think (testing) is a bad thing.”
It would be good for the standard to be across all professional athletics. After recent discoveries in the sports industry there is no harm in HGH testing. Hopefully the NFL and NBA can follow what the MLB is doing.