Another NBA star is shooting down more claims from the recent book written by George Karl, a former professional basketball coach and former player. He is one of 9 coaches in NBA history to have won 1,000 NBA games.
This time Doc Rivers, a current basketball coach and former player, says George is wrong about the league and there is not a doping problem among the athletes. In his autobiography, “Furious George”, Karl writes about his suspicions that some players are using performance-enhancing drugs. The following excerpt from his books states….
“It’s obvious some of our players are doping,” Karl wrote, “How are some guys getting older — yet thinner and fitter? How are they recovering from injuries so fast? Why 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.”
Suspensions for banned substances in the NBA are far rarer than in the NFL and Major League Baseball. Karl also writes that basketball’s drug-testing program is more thorough than those in other sports, but adds drug testing “always seems to be a couple steps behind drug hiding.”
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