The NBA's anti-drug policy will take a big step forward on Thursday, as the league announced it will begin testing for human growth hormone in the 2015-16 season.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports was among the first to report the league's intention to crack down on HGH, as the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced:
Andrew Keh of The New York Times reported that in addition to testing for the banned substance, the NBA has already determined what punishments it will dole out in the event of positive tests:
According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the new HGH testing policy will subject players to three random tests over the course of the year:
While HGH has been a hot topic of discussion in Major League Baseball over the years, it has rarely come up with regard to the NBA. Even so, it is clear the league is committed to ensuring that HGH use doesn't become an issue.
The fact that the National Basketball Players Association is part of this policy's implementation means everyone is on the same page, and that bodes well for keeping the NBA as clean as possible moving forward.
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