NBA and PEDís

1/14/14 in NBA   |   aaronjchung   |   264 respect

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After all of the scandal that Major League Baseball has gone through over the past 15 years with PED allegations and controversies, the National Basketball Association would be wise to learn from its counterpart. Bill Simmons of ESPN recently said, “Go on YouTube and watch a basketball game from 1977 and see what the guys look like. You really think there are no PED guys in the NBA right now? You've got to be kidding me. It's just funny to me. If we end up repeating this whole cycle with the NBA. Everybody is going to be like, 'How did we not know?' It's the same thing we were going through with baseball in the late nineties."
Granted, modern day players have better facilities, diets, and programs to morph their bodies into its optimal potential, however, athletes today increasingly look superhuman. Today, Major League Baseball and the National Football League have rigorous PED and steroid codes to abide by, but the National Basketball Association is much more lax with their rules and cracking down on their own players. With David Stern in the final year of his stellar career, he may be trying to dodge controversies and the drama tied to PED’s and leave them to his successor Adam Silver. Either way, it would be hard to imagine that no one in the NBA is on PED’s or steroids. The bigger surprise will be the inordinate amount of NBA players on it than off of it.
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1/17/14   |   TonyDhani   |   9 respect

from a fan perspective, i don't think there's as much a concern over PEDs in the NBA. in the MLB, added strength has more of an impact because a good contact hitter can start hitting home runs with the added bulk. also, there are hallowed records like Aaron's HR total that are looked at as sacred, which adds to the disdain of PEDs. in the NFL, added bulk really helps, especially on defense and in the trenches. but in the NBA you look at stars like kevin durant (who couldn't bench press 185 once as a rookie) or allen iverson (less than 6' and not even 200 lbs) and there's less of an interest to enforce PED testing. moreover, you look at hedo turkoglu (last player to test positive) who wasn't even a marginal player - creates even less of an interest in rigorously pursuing a PED program. 

im not saying NBA players aren't using PEDs, im sure players are. but there isn't much of an incentive if the league and the fans don't view it as much of an issue.