Summer drug tests in, HGH unclear for NBA players


by Kevin Holden

NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA players have agreed to additional drug testing, adding offseason screening for performance-enhancing drugs only.

Union executive director Billy Hunter sent a memo Wednesday, obtained by The Associated Press, to players detailing these and other changes of a new labor deal and recommends they ratify the agreement.

Less clear is the provision for human growth hormone testing.

The memo says an NBA-NBPA joint committee would study the "possibility of an HGH testing program." NBA spokesman Mike Bass, however, insists both sides agreed to HGH blood testing, subject to the process being validated by a "neutral committee of experts."

Previously, the NBA did not test players during its July-September offseason. Now, players could be tested up to two times during the offseason but would not be screened for drugs such as marijuana.


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