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On the NBA: A Few Summer Bullets

-The NBPA has elected Chris Paul as its new President. While the possibility of LeBron James—the star bigger than the game—to lead the organization was more enticing, CP3’s election should satisfy those yearning for a stronger figurehead to take charge of things. Some speculate that appointed VP Roger Mason, Jr. is more likely to handle much of the actual work that goes into running the show—and that’s fine. Paul offers what LeBron would have: the clout and fame needed to turn the heads of a lot of the league’s indifferent players. Paul’s still got a massive chip on his shoulder from when David Stern nixed his trade to the Lakers, after the 2011 lockout—and about the salary-crushing fall-out from the resulting CBA, too, of course. Now he’s set to mobilize his brethren to do something about it, next time around at the negotiating table.

-The Suns and Lakers will be joining the Warriors, next year, in the short-sleeve jersey trend. Aesthetic disputes aside, I find the trend important because it points toward the league’s renewed efforts to further globalize the game. Some purchasable NBA paraphernalia will now more closely resemble soccer garb. Imagine a kid kicking a soccer ball, wearing a Kobe shirt, outside of a stadium in the Phillippines, one of many international spots where pre-season games will be held, this year.

-Chris Hansen, head of the committee to relocate the Kings to Seattle, was outed as having covertly participated in a Sacramento-based coalition strongly against the building of a new Kings stadium there. To those familiar with the game of professional sports stadiums—the politics, the money, the trickery involved in their assemblage—this should come as no surprise. There’s enough legal filings existing on the matter to fill a library. Most recently, Bulls owners Jerry Reinsdorf was sued by former employee Perri Irmer, over a number of infractions of the public funding good faith. Hansen is part of a rich history of dirty gamery in this field, and if he’s losing in the news, it’s because history is told to us by the winners.

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  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    Good point about drugs for kids, but like I said good parenting will stop that. Steroids have been proven to be harmful, both short term and long term. We don't know much about HGH or other PEDs.

    A lot of these kids aren't getting good parenting though. How many times have you heard the story about the kid who makes it to the NBA despite incredibly testing personal circumstances while growing up? And that's just the ones that succeed - I'm sure that for every one who makes it there will be plenty who fall by the wayside on the long journey to the top. These are the kids who are already fodder for the raging machine that is AAU and the associated recruiting hoopla, coming from poverty and having $$ signs waved in front of their faces. Are you telling me that there will always be someone who can step in and tell them "no" if they decide to take some HGH for an edge? You can't construct rules for this on the assumption that every kid will have strong parental guidance when it is manifestly not the case.

    PED here, are we talking about performance enhancement on the court AND/OR for the recovery from injuries and tight schedule?

    In the case of kids probably more of the former. There's obviously a lack of evidence around the issue, but it seems likely to me that taking hormone enhancements during puberty is going to have far-reaching and potentially life-changing consequences. If that growth spurt makes you a couple of inches taller than it otherwise would, that's going to make a big difference if you want to be an NBA player!

    ST

  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    Good point about drugs for kids, but like I said good parenting will stop that. Steroids have been proven to be harmful, both short term and long term. We don't know much about HGH or other PEDs.

  • BrentYen says 1 YEAR ago

    The problem as I see it is if the sport gets to a point where it is impossible to succeed without PEDs. It is still unclear what the long term health impacts of these drugs are, and generally it seems like a bad idea for an athlete to be forced to take them in order to play. Especially when you take into account how early basketball talent evaluation and recruiting begins - what with the way High School Basketball is run these days, if it was openly allowed you would start to see whole teams full of juiced up kids...not a good idea.

    ST

    PED here, are we talking about performance enhancement on the court AND/OR for the recovery from injuries and tight schedule?

  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    The problem as I see it is if the sport gets to a point where it is impossible to succeed without PEDs. It is still unclear what the long term health impacts of these drugs are, and generally it seems like a bad idea for an athlete to be forced to take them in order to play. Especially when you take into account how early basketball talent evaluation and recruiting begins - what with the way High School Basketball is run these days, if it was openly allowed you would start to see whole teams full of juiced up kids...not a good idea.

    ST

  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    I understand the role model issue, but I call BS. If parents did their job, this wouldn't happen.

  • Cooper says 1 YEAR ago I wouldn't be really upset if they just said screw it and let players use them at their own risk, if i went out and took all the drugs possible its not going to make me an allstar you still need skills or even the average player into one. The biggest change would be in older fringe players being able to extend their careers, which isn't a big deal to me. However that does open them up to lawsuits later on when the side effects kick (similar to NFL and concussions) in players could potentially say they felt pressured to use them to stay in the league or that team trainers pressured them into it so there will most likely always be some restrictions.
  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    I really don't care about players using PEDs. If a player isn't as gifted athletically and uses PEDs to get to a high enough level to compete with the freaks of nature like Lebron, Howard, etc... who cares? I really never understood the hatred for PEDs. I guess I just don't care that much.

    The 15 year old who wants to be like his hero. PEDs can cause emotional problems.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    I really don't care about players using PEDs. If a player isn't as gifted athletically and uses PEDs to get to a high enough level to compete with the freaks of nature like Lebron, Howard, etc... who cares? I really never understood the hatred for PEDs. I guess I just don't care that much.

  • Sir Thursday says 1 YEAR ago

    I agree, but HGH is a chemical produced by the body naturally. with as many young player that come into the league who may be still growing I'm sure CP3 wants to make sure a fair system is in place to avoid false positives. in addition I'm sure all the players see the hand writing on the wall......testing will happen, but they will use this issue to gain concessions in other areas aka a bargaining chip. since the league has refused to back off on fines for flopping and how they are handed out I sure this (the testing) will be used to gain favorable terms on that front

    So is testosterone - why is HGH any different? At the levels of use that people are using these substances to enhance performance, false positives are unlikely. And if they implement the bio-passport that people in anti-doping circles have been pushing for for years, it rules out that issue entirely. Because athlete's indicators are compared against the results of previous tests, it's easy to spot when someone has taken something illicit.

    ST

  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    TESTING NEEDS TO BE ENFORCED

    I agree, but HGH is a chemical produced by the body naturally. with as many young player that come into the league who may be still growing I'm sure CP3 wants to make sure a fair system is in place to avoid false positives. in addition I'm sure all the players see the hand writing on the wall......testing will happen, but they will use this issue to gain concessions in other areas aka a bargaining chip. since the league has refused to back off on fines for flopping and how they are handed out I sure this (the testing) will be used to gain favorable terms on that front

  • RocketMansinceStevieFrance says 1 YEAR ago

    TESTING NEEDS TO BE ENFORCED

  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago So does testosterone, steroids, etc... You point?
  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago If CP3 gets a valid prescription from a valid, non-pill mill type doctor, what is wrong with using HGH? It does have its benefits in the medical field.
  • thenit says 1 YEAR ago And that's suppose to give them a free pass? Like Ttdn I think most athletes in us pro sports use it. It's like the nfl warning players that we are going to have tests this day and that day, basically giving them time to get clean and also use peds that can't be detected.

    Aka all MLB players, us track, nfl etc. nba don't have a history but there's barely any testing. My take is that some players wouldn't have made nit and therefore took spots from people who was clean and couldn't make it due to the cheaters.

    Example is you get an x amount of games for suspension and from a financial standpoint it's the correct decision, you might lose some money during the suspension but you just sign that multi year million dollar contract instead of maybe being in the d league.

    Just irks me that they even would use it as a bargaining chips there are other tools you can use and I don't think it's used to bargain rather than to protect themselves from getting caught.
  • Cooper says 1 YEAR ago I don't think he regularly uses it or even most players do but I'm sure it's used to come back from an injury by many.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago

    you never really know.............but I doubt it


    I doubt the innocence of athletes not the guilt.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    CP3 probably uses HGH.

    you never really know.............but I doubt it

  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago CP3 probably uses HGH.
  • rockets best fan says 1 YEAR ago

    Chris Paul isn't so much fighting PED's and flopping......he wants to fight the way they are enforced. does it make sense for a player who makes 20 mil a year to be fined 5 thousand for floppingthen turn around and give that same fine to a player who makes the league minimum. I think he wants something that will level the playing field for all players. now the PED's will be used as a bargaining chip to get favorable concessions in some other area

  • thenit says 1 YEAR ago Fighting ped testing is a bigger issue. Just sending the wrong message.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago I don't like flopping but it's a part of the game. If you don't flop then your opponent is allowed to foul you because there's no clear line of sight to the contact. It is what it is.
  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago Or they just want a leader who supports flopping.
  • RocketMansinceStevieFrance says 1 YEAR ago

    With Chris Paul being elected it shows that the NBPA is actually trying to get something done. They could have easily assigned Lebron the job just for recognization from everyone. This is a good thing and will end up really helping the players as he seems to be a very strong leader just by seeing his actions on the court.

  • Buckko says 1 YEAR ago

    1) CP3 is insanely competitive. He's also a PG who knows how to work the angles,uses fakes to get where he wants to go.
    Easy to see him and the Union putting up a fight over the terms/confidentiality of HGH testing,only to give it up in order to get something else he/they want.
    2) The short-sleeve jerseys strikes me as an attempt to sell tons of them as casual wear.

    The short sleeve is the nba trying to get into the international soccer crowded.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago Agree with you on the jerseys.
  • Stephen says 1 YEAR ago

    1) CP3 is insanely competitive. He's also a PG who knows how to work the angles,uses fakes to get where he wants to go.
    Easy to see him and the Union putting up a fight over the terms/confidentiality of HGH testing,only to give it up in order to get something else he/they want.

    2) The short-sleeve jerseys strikes me as an attempt to sell tons of them as casual wear.

  • Steven says 1 YEAR ago

    I've read that the NBPA is going to fight flopping fines, HGH testing and a few other issues. Maybe CP3 wasn't the right choice after all.

    And they will lose. Just what they should do fight HGH testing, so congress gets involved. The only reason you fight the testing is you are using. Just look at the MLBPA fighting against steroids testing 20 years ago, why half the people were juiced. And as an employee you have the right to test for drugs. Just the Union doing what all unions do, protecting the useless while holding back the best.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 1 YEAR ago I've read that the NBPA is going to fight flopping fines, HGH testing and a few other issues. Maybe CP3 wasn't the right choice after all.
  • Juan Grande says 1 YEAR ago

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