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NBA Has A Steroid Problem, Says Former NBA Coach

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Former NBA coach George Karl has alleged the league has a "drug issue" with performance enhancing drugs.

Karl's book, "Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection," includes allegations that many NBA players are making the use of anabolic androgenic steroids. Karl remarked we have still got a drug issue, though a different one than thirty years ago and went on to add that one bothers me more than the dumbasses that got in trouble with recreational drugs.

Karl said it is impossible for one to imagine how some guys getting older are getting thinner and fitter. The ex-coach said it is very suspicious that they are recovering from injuries so fast and going to Germany in the off-season and commented it could be most likely for the newest, hard-to-detect blood boosters and performance enhancing drugs they have in Europe. Many believe Karl was implying Kobe Bryant, who was well known for his off-season trips to Germany to get platelet-rich plasma therapy for this knees during his playing days but the coach did not offered any specifics.

Karl also commented that it is very difficult to catch drug violators in the act. Citing one of sports’ most famous cheaters as evidence, Karl said Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test and added drug testing always seems to be a couple steps behind drug hiding. The American former professional basketball coach, who holds the distinction of being one of 9 coaches in NBA history to have won 1,000 NBA games, said NBA claims to have a more thorough drug-testing program than the NFL or MLB but some players are still using steroids, human growth hormone, and so on.

In his book, the coach went on to rips his former players Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin. Karl termed the trio to the spoiled brats you see in junior golf and junior tennis. The ex-NBA coach said trading Anthony from the Nuggets in 2011 to the Knicks was very much like "popping a blister." Karl did not stop at that and said Martin and Smith suffered because they had "no father to show them how to act like a man.”

In recent years, there have not been many instances of NBA players caught for doping except a few second-tier players like Nick Calathes, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, O.J. Mayo, and others. The big fish some years back was New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season following the Biogenesis scandal. The NBA star who has been an All-Star 14 times, an MVP three times, and a home-run champion five times is rated one of the best hitters of this or any generation.

Many critics have argued in the past that the low rates of doping cases in NBA could be due to less rigorous testing practices than in other leagues. These and many other allegations prompted the NBA to introduce blood-testing for human growth hormone (HGH) in the spring of 2015. Players are subjected to six random tests each year under the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, two in the off-season and four during the regular season that are scheduled and conducted by an independent third party.

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Albert Wolfgang is a professional medical writer with over 20 years of experience. He hold multiple personal training certifications, including the coveted NASM and AFAA certificates. He graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in biochemistry with a minor in physical studies. Albert and his team have trained over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, including Hollywood stars and many up and coming fitness stars.

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