Basketball doesn’t have a steroid problems, right? Rashard Lewis getting nailed for a banned substance this summer was a fluke, right?
Former NBA player Juan Dixon has been banned from play in Europe after testing positive for steroids, according to his Spanish team Unicaja. The positive test for nandrolone came in November in Greece, before he joined the squad, according to the team.
Dixon played seven seasons in the NBA after being a star at Maryland, not far where he went to high school in Baltimore. He played nearby for the Wizards as well as stops in a number of other teams. In the 05-06 season in Portland, he started 46 games and averaged a career high 12.3 points per game. Last season he played in 50 games back in Washington, but this year he had to go overseas to get work.
PEDs may not be the problem in basketball it is in other sports — the culture is different, pure speed is prized over bulk. There is testing in place. But do not pretend the issue does not exist, because like roaches that scatter when the lights come on, for every one you see (or catch) there are others you do not. Maybe more than you want to know.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.