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NBA, Union Near Deal To Allow HGH Testing

The NBA needs to be testing for human growth hormone. Ask around the league and the first response of most people is that performance-enhancing drugs are not an issue in the NBA. I tend to be skeptical the league is that clean. But if it is or isnt, there has to be testing.

And there will be soon, reports Henry Abbot at ESPN.

"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."

David Stern has said before he expected HGH blood testing of players to happen within the next year.

Of course, the NBA has banned HGH for years, the problem has been its a blood test (nobody likes having blood drawn) and there were questions of the tests reliability. But that is changing and putting pressure on the league to change, Abbott said.

For more on this story visit: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports Pro Basketball Talk



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