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George Karl Says ‘It’s Obvious’ NBA Players Are Using HGH/Steroids


George Karl was under some serious fire last week when quotes about Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin in his new book were revealed. Well, theres a lot more NBA behind-the-scenes stuff that “Furious George” is going off about in the book. The former coach says that “it’s obvious” that players today are using performance enhancing drugs such as HGH and anabolic steroids.

Karl doesn’t give any evidence, but assumes the trips to Germany in the offseason, recovery times from injuries and leaner/freakishly athletic players has something to do with doping. Check out what he has to say. Via ProBasketballTalk:

We’ve got a more thorough drug-testing program than the NFL or MLB, which we always brag about. But we’ve still got a drug issue, though a different one than thirty years ago. And this one bothers me more than the dumbasses who got in trouble with recreational drugs.

I’m talking about performance-enhancing drugs—like steroids, human growth hormone, and so on. It’s obvious some of our players are doping. How are some guys getting older—yet thinner and fitter? How are they recovering from injuries so fast? Why the hell are they going to Germany in the off-season? I doubt it’s for the sauerkraut.

More likely it’s for the newest, hard-to-detect blood boosters and PEDs they have in Europe. Unfortunately, drug testing always seems to be a couple steps behind drug hiding. Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test. I think we want the best athletes to succeed, not the biggest, richest cheaters employing the best scientists. But I don’t know what to do about it.

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