Adam Silver has dismissed claims from George Karl that the NBA has issues with players using performance enhancing drugs.
“I have not read George Karl’s book, which has just come out, but I’ve read accounts of George Karl’s book, and I’ve read accounts of what he said about performance-enhancing drugs," Silver said. “I’ll just say our testing is state of the art. I have no reason to believe whatsoever that we have an issue, either as the result of testing or as the result of other information that comes to the league office. I’d say that in most sports where there are issues, even when players do not test positive, usually there is some chatter that there is something going on. Other than what George Karl wrote in his book, there is no chatter whatsoever in the league. Obviously, many reporters in this room cover the NBA. Presumably if they thought there was an issue, they would be writing about it.”
There have been NBA players suspended for “drugs of abuse,” but very few penalized for performance-enhancing drugs. The most notable was Rashard Lewis, who served a 10-game suspension in 2009 for using the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA.
“We take allegations of performance-enhancing drugs or drug abuse of any kind incredibly seriously,” said Silver. “I’m sure we will go through George Karl’s book, others, not me, in the league office, word by word, suggestion by suggestion, and ferret out whether there’s anything to it. For us, it doesn’t matter what the source is. If somebody is — especially if it’s a Hall of Fame-caliber coach registering those sort of allegations against the league, we will take them seriously. But standing here today, I have absolutely no reason to believe there’s any truth to those allegations.”