Finally some fun in sports

York:

/TJ

Rashard Lewis tests positive for PEDs

You all laughed at York’s “NBA Players take PEDs too!” assertion. Well looks like York will have the last laugh. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

427 days until LeBron’s suspension…

/end TJ

I’ve always thought it was strange that basketball fans were so dismissive of the idea that players would use PEDs. The idea that weightlifting messes up your jump shot has gone the way of the short shorts, and it’d be a highly lucrative competitive advantage (until you get caught.)

But, as I said then, Lebron specifically has always been a huge dude. His head didn’t need to blow up like Bonds; it’s been that size.

Also, with basketball uniforms, their physiques are more easily noticeable, so drastic body changes would be jarring. But I do think there is a shoe waiting to drop here.

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5 Responses to “Finally some fun in sports”

  1. Kenny Says:

    I am sure that some NBA players are using PEDs, but I guess I don’t see where there is the likelihood of widespread abuse. The article on Lewis’ positive test says he is the 6th player to test positive since the NBA started testing in 1999.

    York, are you saying it’s too weak and the players are juicing and just beating the tests? I don’t know anything about the NBA’s testing policy.

    To me it’s just a different situation because the NBA has had a policy now for a decade. It’s not like the MLB where the owners and union had their heads in the sand for a number of years and just allowed players to run rampant.

  2. indeedindeed Says:

    yeah, the NBA player’s union is super weak, nothing like the MLB’s. and stern is hyper-vigilant about appearances and drugs, especially with all the bad press about the coke issues in the past.

    i’m an NBA apologist, so maybe i have blinders on a bit, but i don’t think it’s anywhere near the issue that we’ve seen in other sports.

  3. York Roberts Says:

    I don’t think it is nearly as common as Football and Baseball but I’m sure that shit is around and the NBA doesn’t actively care enough to test anything more than what is obvious (its clear that Baseball and football do this…think about how few NFL players have been caught for using PEDs the last 5 years. I can think of 3 people in the NFL: Rodney Harrison, Shawne Merriman and that QB coach who was diabetic from the Cowboys…That’s it…oh and Tim Couch. So 4 people…REALLY?).

    I would assume that probably like anywhere from 50 to 75 percent of NFL players use some sort of PED. Baseball, same thing (maybe less the last 3-4 years, but I’m sure it was up there too at one point).

    I would guess the NBA is way less but I’m sure guys use shit to get back from injuries and to build muscle quicker (front court).

    My LeBron comment is a half joke. But I throw it out there because at this poitn nothign would surprise me. And if there is anyone in the NBA who is super muscular and super-human, it’s that guy.

  4. Kenny Says:

    I think it was during an ESPN baseball broadcast that one of the analysts was talking about how he had a conversation with a former executive with the International Track and Field Federation, and that guy talked about how they developed a testing policy and it wasn’t that effective because people were too good at beating the tests, so they had to basically create an entire investigative unit to track drug related behavior as well.

    Basically saying that if they had just waited around for failed tests it wouldn’t have done much to clean up the sport because doctors are getting more and more sophisticated.

    This of course begs the question how does a player with unlimited resources like Manny fail a test? But if anyone was absent minded enough to screw up it would be him.

    Anyway, I don’t know about the NBA I agree there are some giant dudes out there that don’t look completely natural, but as Jerry said the NBA is way more image conscious than MLB, the players are more visible, etc.

  5. indeedindeed Says:

    I think we can all agree: the only pure, uncorrupted sport is boxing.

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