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George Karl is continuing to make headlines with excerpts from his new book, “Furious George.” Karl previously got himself in hot water after passages from the book included his criticisms of his former players Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, and Kenyon Martin.  This time the excerpts are about PEDs, and though he doesn’t outright name anyone this time, he does make implications.

The NBA introduced blood testing and does look for PEDs, but we haven’t seen any major scandals like other leagues including the NFL, and MLB.  Karl doesn’t believe it’s because players aren’t using the drugs, he believes they just aren’t being penalized for them.

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.

Kobe Bryant isn’t the only player who has gone to Germany for a magic elixir but he is the most famous one who influenced other players to try it as well.  Am I saying the Black Mamba was juicing? No, because honestly I have no idea, but Karl seems to think so.

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