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Report: NBA, players union close on HGH testing plan

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09:28 AM ET 03.09 | The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are close to an agreement to test players' blood for human growth hormone (HGH), according to sources with direct knowledge of the talks. Testing could begin as soon as the 2013-14 season. The NBA has long had HGH on its list of banned substances but has never tested for it. Doing so means collecting players' blood, which the union has never allowed, and there was little agreement about the test's reliability. But those concerns have eroded lately, sources say, with a frenzy of progress in talks between the league and union. A decisive factor: Major League Baseball and its respected union have agreed to blood tests for HGH, weakening the basketball union's claims that the test was unreliable or that blood testing is too invasive.

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March 9, 2013  09:34 AM ET

Did You Think It Was All 'Natural', Bros?

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March 9, 2013  10:35 AM ET

I guess they haven't a way to test for Pot otherwise half the players would be suspended.

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March 9, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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Pot is not performance-enhancing though. It either has no effect on performance, or slightly detriments it. I guess the only performance advantage would be to a tall, thin player who needs to gain weight, and the pot helps stimulate his appetite, so he eats more.

Weed can make you hungry or **** or both. I think it is legal in Cali so you should take a hit every once in a while.

March 9, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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Weed can make you hungry or **** or both. I think it is legal in Cali so you should take a hit every once in a while.

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March 9, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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You can't sayhorny?

Weird

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