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Juan Dixon nailed for steroids in Europe

Feb 13, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

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.

  1. - Feb 13, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    It is laughable to me when people act like the only thing steroids do is bulk you up. Track stars take them to get faster. The first baseball player to get busted for taking them was Alex Sanchez who was a speedster and not a power hitter. Steroids do a lot more than just bulk you up and to think that NBA players are not taking them trying to get a competitive advantage to make more money is being naive.

  2. Roids are everywhere.. - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    As someone who has used gear for years. It helps you in every aspect of your life. Like most male men, you have been in a fight sometime in your life and when the blood starts pumping and test starts to rise, things move slower, you can react faster.. Just imagine if you had 10x’s more test in you! Damn right you will see a baseball move a lot slower, your reaction time is faster, you can move the basketball from one hand to the other, pass it off faster and quicker. Make’s 40year old men as hory as they were when they were 18yrs old. Ohh yeah, it makes you look younger. Roids is only “bad” for teenagers and early 20something’s. Read a medical study for once and not just believe what some yahoo on TV says. Of course if you abuse it, like most things including Vitamin C, you can do damage to yourself. HRT for life baby!!

  3. Anonymous - Feb 13, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    This is not true.
    Juan Dixon is a pure player.
    He was tested for steroids in the NBA and was found to have no evidence of steroids in his body. Juan Dixon is a good player without them and has never gotten the proper opportunity to display his talent. Juan Dixon, I have faith in you. This cannot be true.

  4. steve serbi - Feb 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    This is not true. Juan Dixon is a pure player. He would never do this. He was tested for steroids in the NBA and passed without any evidence of the use of steroids. Believe in him. This is hard for me to hear such news about him.

  5. Looking for a moron and found one - Feb 13, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Obviously abousing steroids improved neither your IQ nor your command of the English language. Any use of these drugs outside of the care of a physician for an actual disease, like adrenal insufficiency, is abuse and both dangerous and stupid. Steroids make you look younger? Do you really think so? Is your definition of looking younger having zits and a moon-shaped face? Shrinking your testicles looks better to you, too, I suppose. HRT stands for Hormone Replacement Therapy, doofus, and the key word is replacement–it’s only for conditions where the body doesn’t make enough of its own–again like adrenal insufficiency. Yes, short term abuse of steroids can increase strength, speed, and agility while shortening recovery time. Long term? Google the name Lyle Alzado. Mark Twain once said that it was better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt of it. He was talking about you.

  6. Funny - Feb 13, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    You’re right, but you can’t type–it’s “abusing” and not “abousing.”

  7. Busted - Feb 13, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Eurpoe has a hardcore AAS testing policy. Unlike the US where you can doing it basically year around and not get caught. He is guilty and now has to pay the price.

  8. - Feb 14, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    most drug tested atheletes know injectable nandrolone is a bad choice as it’s clearance times are very long, perhaps he used a counterfeit that contained nandrolone rather than what he expected 😦

  9. HillaryClinton - Feb 14, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    He’s been using his whole career, he just ended up in a league with strict testing. Read his bio, he always overachieved, now we know how. This one test throws all those college wins and records in a dark light.

  10. PicnRol - Feb 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    I don’t believe he did them in college, but when he wasn’t able to keep up in the NBA because he was too small, he probably started then. It’s sad that he may have ruined what was once a good reputation.

  11. cool daddy - Feb 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Basketball has turned into a tradgic sport emphasizing strength over skills and technique, of course steriods is now the best thing to do in this destroyed sport!

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