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Mark Cuban funding study on athletes using HGH

Apr 4, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

Mark Cuban,  Brian Forte AP

Mark Cuban has been pushing for the NBA to consider allowing HGH use.

Not content to leave the issue for the league to study – a route that surely would have slowly led nowhere – Cuban has taken to funding the medical research.

Tim MacMahon of

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is putting his money where his mouth on studying the potential benefits of human growth hormone use for athletes recovering from injuries.

Cuban said Thursday he has made a significant financial commitment to fund a potential university study on the issue.

Cuban didn’t give many details, including the school or a timeline, because the study still needs government approval.

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It will be years before the NBA ever allows HGH in any circumstances. It could be years until Cuban’s study even gets off the ground.

And shifting league-wide opinion could be an even larger mountain to climb.

Our societal lines on performance-enhancers are arbitrary, but also deep-seated. Proposing changes for only injuries is a good way to begin the discussion, as injury recovery – again, for arbitrary reasons – is viewed differently by many. If that becomes accepted, maybe HGH would become passable as a common training method.

HGH use must clear many obstacles before the NBA approves it, but this Cuban-backed research is a small step in that direction.

  1. bucrightoff - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Whether they allow it or isn’t really relevant. Players are using it regardless, have been before and will continue into the future.

  2. sdelmonte - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    It’s about time someone thought about science and medicine instead of just adhering to outdated Luddite notions and hypocritical attitudes regarding “a level playing field” and “cheating.”

  3. cantonbound13 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    That explains why Cuban has been spending a lot of time in South Beach.

    • southbeachtalent - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      At least come up with something witty, that was a pathetic attempt..

      The Knicks irrelevance has really led you to some new lows.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        You’re so naive south beach tool.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        You’re pretty much a tool yourself

  4. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    The general public (middle america) is not ready to know every athlete in all sports most likely uses it. Celebrities, rich people, and your average joe that has the money to spend use it. HGH is the fountain of youth for people over 35 and will be commonly used along with Testosterone (which is huge already with older men) by most men as they get older.

    The main issue with HGH is too much makes body parts grow. Of these body parts cancerous cells is probably the number one scare for HGH use. The theory is that the reason your body stops creating hgh is that its more prone to cancer as you get older and HGH levels of a 19 year old can make you get cancer faster. Now no one is able to prove this but that is the main flight against it.

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