Adam Silver Says NBA Is Committed To HGH Testing

Source: Sean Highkin / USA Today

The NBA is taking steps to implement stricter testing for human growth hormone, deputy commissioner Adam Silver told the New York Post recently.

The use of performance-enhancing drugs in sports has found its way back into the spotlight in the wake of Major League Baseball’s recent Biogenesis scandal, which implicated dozens of players and has seen the suspension of major stars including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez.

“One of the changes that we know we’ll be making to our current drug testing is the addition of HGH testing, which requires taking blood from the players,” Silver said in the interview. “We want to make sure, on behalf of our players, as well, that’s it’s done in the proper way, and that we understand what are the appropriate baselines for a natural substance, like HGH, so we can detect where there are aberrations. That is something we’re very focused on.”

Silver, who will succeed David Stern as NBA commissioner when Stern retires on February 1, 2014, says he is unaware of any NBA players being named in the Biogenesis investigation.

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