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Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Posted on: May 22, 2011 11:59 am
Edited on: May 22, 2011 6:56 pm
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says the NBA has a "huge" issue with performance enhancing drugs. Posted by Ben Golliver. derrick-rose-usa

Update (2:02 p.m.): Rose denied making the "huge issue" statement to's Ken Berger through a team spokesman. The Chicago Tribune reports that a source close to Rose said the question was phrased differently than was presented in the article. Here's more from's Ken Berger, including thoughts from Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade and an official statement from Rose released Sunday afternoon.

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The 2011 NBA MVP knows what he would like to see changed about the league.

In a survey of PED use in various sports in the May 16 issue of ESPN: The Magazine, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was asked to rank its prevalance on a scale of 1-10, with one signifying "What are PEDs?" and 10 meaning "Everybody's juicing!"

Rose's response: "Seven. It's huge and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person."

By comparison, James Laurinaitis of the NFL's St. Louis Rams also ranked his league's problem with PEDs a 7. The only sports to receive higher rankings from their representatives: Boxing (10) and MMA (8). MLB was ranked a 5.

While PEDs have been an ongoing black mark for both the NFL and MLB, the NBA has largely avoided any controversy on the subject. Indeed, the general assumption has long been that NBA players would not resort to steroids or other performance enhancers because they need agility and athleticism rather than raw power and bulk.

A major reason for that assumption has been the lack of players -- especially prominent players -- caught by the league's anti-drug program. Rose's statement appears to call into question that program, which includes testing for both illegal and performance-enhancing drugs.

Its two biggest catches: back in August 2009, then Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis was suspended 10 games for PEDs. In January 2011, Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo suffered a similar fate.

But if the current policy isn't producing a "level playing field," what is it doing? If the league's strongest point guard -- a player who can get to the rim against every team in the league and who has a lot to lose by speaking his mind -- feels like things are unfair, this is potentially a very serious problem, right?

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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 11:44 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Steroid use isn't an issue in the NBA as it is in other sports, yes strength matters in the league but it's not emphasized like football and baseball. I played college basketball and I never had an instance where I was exposed to steroid use for myself or anyone on my team. Believe me if any big players are using or had used steroids in the past, stories would've already surfaced. The two guys suspended this year for PED's Lewis and Mayo used over the counter suppliments that you can buy at a store. Basketball and steroids is a non-issue. Lets move on to the important issues, the playoffs and all the Heat haters with their feet in their mouth. LOL Go Heat!!!

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: May 22, 2011 4:10 pm
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Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 22, 2011 3:01 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Why do we keep wasting time and money on this rediculous suject. If they are all doing it isn't that a level playing field? I do not condone the use of steroids because it sets a bad example for the children, but some of these guys are getting busted for stuff you buy at GNC. Now if it is legal for the everyday person to buy why can't the athletes use it as well. They need to focus on the illegal stuff and the hybrids. Make the system like a normal drug test... if you fail your done PERIOD... no three strikes, no 10 game, half season junk. 1 failed test equals expulsion, that would really crack down on these guys that are cheating.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:43 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Is anyone really shocked anymore when reports surface about PEDs in sports? 

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:42 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Not being cynical or racist but White athletes have been using PEDs for years trying to gain an edge on their competition and in recent years African-American athletes have started using to gain an edge !


Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:39 pm

PEDs in the NBA

It seems clear from the many comments that use of PEDs in the NBA is widely assumed here. It is a topic that should generate a torrid response. Perhaps there are some valid assumptions but the majority seem to assume PEDs by the looks of the athletes. This would presuppose them to error. The body responds so differently to different athletes and the routines of the athletes differ so widely that visual assumptions are not likely to be valid.

I do agree that the testing done by the various sports is likely inadequate to identify all the users. Designer compounds have served to mask use. The Balco case taught us this. There is so much money in this field that some PED users are still likely to be able to avoid detection. The next CBA will likely include new forms of testing to step up the detection.

Given all this, however, does not allow us to point fingers at individual athletes. If Rose knows specifics he should share them with the league (not likely to happen). Long before injectable steroids were available and designer drugs were not even a term athletes such as Wilt Chamberlain developed a body of amazing strength and endurance. Wilt played nearly every minute of every uninjured game in his career. He came out of college (into a year in the Harlem Globe Trotters) as a very slim and tall player. He reportedly worked out so strenuously he became easily the strongest man in the league. His head size did not appear to increase but his arms, back, pecs and legs sure did. Perhaps this is not a good example but it does identify that muscle development alone does not prove PED use. For me, I want to leave the accusations to the professionals and be slow to ascribe evil to another without proof.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:36 pm

Rose denies saying PEDs 'huge' issue in NBA

Look at that sweet picture of Derrick Rose in front of the flag.  America!

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:23 pm

Rose denies PEDs issue comment

When you take steroids your muscles become tighter, your agility lessens and you tend to cramp up a lot because you never give yourself the time to recover or get the hormones produced by your body out of your muscles.
well rashard lewis was great when he was on PED's and has absoultly sucked sense

so perhaps your a bit off on the steroids and stiff

as somone who has biked a 62 mile bike ride in 4.5 hrs i cant tell you that if steroids increased stiffness NOONE would use it because all the bikers would cramp up

but it seems your knowledge of juice is a bit skewed, steroids only do one thing they help your body recover it just has damaging effects to your horomones that can cause serious problems and im not just talking about shrinage

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:14 pm

Rose denies PEDs issue comment

PED usage has been an issue in sports since forever ! Back in the 1970s, the then powerful Pittsburgh Steelers O line was thought to be using but at that time no one raised a stink since drug testing was not in place ! Years later, former Steeler center Mike Webster's death was atttributed to his use of roids !

Not being cynical or racist but White athletes have been using PEDs for years trying to gain an edge on their competition and in recent years African-American athletes have started using to gain an edge !

Former All Pro defensive tackle Lyle Alzado should be reason enough for any athlete not to use PEDs ! The total sum of what's gain is far less than the lasting effects of these drugs ! 

I have no idea if Rose is using but judging by his demeanor I'd say he isn't because these drugs causes peopel to have violent wild mood swings and I haven't seen any of that from Rose ! 

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 2:11 pm

Rose denies PEDs issue comment

@slimjr33- LEARN HOW TO READ!!!!!!!!

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