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With suspension over, Mayo has to adjust to improved Grizzlies

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Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo is back.

The man has served his debt to the NBA, a 10 game suspension for testing positive for banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is over. He says he got it in his system by drinking an energy drink he bought at a convenience store. You can chose to believe that or not. Doesn’t really matter.

The big thing is — the Memphis Grizzlies have done just fine without Mayo, having gone 8-2 without him. Zach Randolph was putting up 20 and 14, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley both played well also. More importantly, in Mayo’s absence the Memphis bench developed improved and changed — now Mayo has to blend in with that, coach Lionel Hollins told the Commercial Appeal.

“The team is not static. It’s fluid. It’s changing constantly,” Hollins said. “He’ll be trying to find out where the team is and trying to catch up to that rhythm. It’s going to be difficult. The team has moved in a positive direction…”

The bench also developed a different identity in Mayo’s absence. The reserves have gone from deferring to Mayo for scoring to following veteran guard Tony Allen’s lead with gritty, defensive-minded play. The Grizzlies have also enjoyed more ball movement and an effective zone defense from their second unit.

Mayo’s name will continue to come up on the trade block for the next 10 days as well, so soon he may have to adjust to something else entirely. But for now, the new reality in Memphis is Mayo’s first test.

O.J. Mayo suspended 10 games for drug code violation

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Memphis’ O.J. Mayo has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended 10 games by the NBA, the league announced Thursday.

Mayo tested positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). DHEA is a hormone naturally occurring in the body, secreted by the adrenal gland, according to the Mayo Clinic (no irony intended). The body then coverts DHEA into testosterone in men (or estrogen in women). It is available over the counter as a health supplement since 1994 (although there are bills in congress to make it a controlled substance). It also has been used to treat Lupus, depression and some other ailments.

DHEA is banned by virtually every major sporting or sports drug testing organization in the world. That said, clinical studies have shown it to be not very effective as a steroid for building muscle.

“It was an honest mistake, but I take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my fans, teammates and the Grizzlies organization for regrettably not doing the necessary research about what supplements I can put in my body,” Mayo said in a statement released by the Grizzlies.

The 10-game suspension will cost Mayo a little more than $400,000.

While team owner Michael Heisley has denied it, there are reports that the Grizzlies have checked out the trade value of Mayo. Which you can safely bet just went down a lot.

Richard Lewis, now of the Washington Wizards, tested positive for DHEA back in 2009.