NBA has finally worked out its game performance for this season and working on the 2013-14 game strategy. There has been on court and off court drama engulfing the team since last two years and there is some more to come.
Suspension of Ryan Braun by the Major League Baseball for the violation of the drug policy of the sport there are also chances for more suspensions to come in the Biogenesis case, South Florida. Looking at the situation of the drug policy violation NBA is gearing up off court for the implantation of HGH testing of the players in next season to be played in 2013-14.
Outgoing commissioner David Stern said when he was asked about the implementation of HGH testing that, “We hope so.” Owing to the absence of any permanent leadership of the NBPA or National Basketball Players Association Stern added, “It’s more difficult to make decisions.” According to him the whole talks are “hamstrung” due to no specific executive director of NBPA in the recent days.
Failure of Billy Hunter to manage the conflicts during his tenure is said to be affecting the process and delaying the decision of HGH testing on the players. However contrary to this Ron Klempner, the union’s interim executive director made it clear while addressing to CBSSports.com that the search for the recruitment of Hunter’s successor is not in any manner impeding the discussions related to HGH testing of the players. He said, “We’re certainly capable of making decisions and doing whatever business needs to be done.” He also added “We’ve been doing that without any interruption and we’re going to continue to do that.”
As per Klempner, “HGH is a very complicated issue, and we’re going through a detailed process that involves the appointment of a committee of experts.” He quoted, “Likewise, there was a recent decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that has questioned some of the fundamental criteria for testing. There’s additional work being done there. The process will play itself out and, we can’t say at this time when we’ll have something in place.”
He also said that, “I do agree with the commissioner that we have a very open and productive dialogue on this subject.”
All the eyes are on the final decision of the members as there’s being enough talks about the implementation of HGH testing of the players. Adding final words to the issue Klempner said, “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union.”
He added, “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.”