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April 19, 2014 Updates

This marks the second time in less than two months that the NBA's drug program has drawn unwanted attention, as U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart told ESPN in early March that it was "not at all" difficult to beat. Buchanan, in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, discussed his polar-opposite tenor of the unsatisfactory reviews and defended the league's system. "If you measure (the program) by the list of substances that we banned, the number of times that we test (six annually), the percentage of a season that you miss if you're penalized under the program, the labs we use, the processes we use, all that stuff is as good or better than the programs in the other leagues, but we've kind of been given a bit of a hard time about that," Buchanan said by phone. "And then we have a positive (testing) situation, and a penalty, and the questions then go in another direction, which is, 'Gee, isn't this harsh?...We can't seem to catch a break." USA Today Sports

According to the Mayo Clinic's website, Tamoxifen blocks the effects of the estrogen hormone in the body and is commonly used to treat breast cancer in men and women. In the sports world, it's more commonly used to reduce the side effects of steroids. In June of 2012, free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for Tamoxifen. But Calathes, who is filing a grievance on the ruling, said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that he didn't take the substance to gain any sort of edge. "I deeply regret my actions and apologize to my teammates and the organization for my poor judgment," Calathes said by phone. "Let me be clear: I never took any medication whatsoever for a performance-enhancing reason. I don't agree with this outcome, and I will come back a better player and person when I return." USA Today Sports

After the NBA suspended Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes for 20 games because of a positive test for a banned substance, the players union's acting director called the banishment "a true injustice." The banned substance -- Tamoxifen -- was part of an athletic supplement that Calathes had been using, sources said. "This discipline is a true injustice," NBPA acting executive director Ron Klempner told Yahoo Sports late Friday night. Yahoo! Sports

"Our collectively bargained program failed this player and this case will certainly be recalled when we return to the bargaining table," Klempner told Yahoo Sports. "In the meantime, we'll file an appeal and allow the process to run its course." NBA lab results found no traces of synthetic testosterone or performance-enhancing drugs, and as one source told Yahoo Sports, "There was no intent, nor advantage gained here." Tamoxifen is also on the Major League Baseball and International Olympic Committee's banned substance list, because it has shown to be a masking agent that reduces the side effects of steroid use and increased testosterone production. The drug is generally used in treatments for breast cancer in women. Yahoo! Sports

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For Calathes, the circuitous route to the NBA included four-plus years playing abroad in two different countries. But as a 25-year-old NBA rookie, the 6-foot-6 former Gator has made the most of his opportunity. In a six-game stretch replacing injured starting Memphis point guard Mike Conley, Calathes averaged 16.1 points, 12.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds. “In the beginning, I wasn't playing too much,” Calathes said. “But now I've gotten a great opportunity, starting to get more minutes and get in a better rhythm and obviously more confident.” The Gainesville Sun

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger compared Calathes with Greivis Vasquez, who began his NBA career with Memphis and is now playing point guard for the Toronto Raptors. “They can throw some risky passes and their bravado is what makes them good,” Joerger said. “But given that, Nick had the opportunity to play through some mistakes and gain some confidence. Then he had the opportunity to get some minutes and his confidence has remained high, and now that he's coming off the bench I don't want him to play conservative. That's not who he is.” The Gainesville Sun

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Memphis Grizzlies players Jon Leuer, Nick Calathes, Jamaal Franklin, Willie Reed, Melvin Ely and Tony Gaffney will make a special appearance at the Grizzlies Block Party at Olive Branch City Park (8267 Goodman Rd.) as part of the Grizzlies’ 2013 Round Town Tour on Thursday, October 9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The tour will continue throughout Memphis and the Mid-South during the entire month of October at block parties and festivals to get Grizz Nation excited about the upcoming season. NBA.com

August 24, 2013 Updates

One of the first things Nick Calathes wants you to know is that he strongly believes he can play in the NBA. And that’s not all that he subscribes to. “I’m not a rookie,” Calathes said Wednesday, a day after his first NBA contract was finalized with the Grizzlies. Calathes, a 24-year-old point guard, isn’t cocky. He exudes a healthy confidence about the ability to make four years of playing professional basketball in Europe work at the game’s highest level. Memphis Commercial Appeal

August 20, 2013 Updates

Ronald Tillery: Griz officially announce Nick Calathes signing. Needed FIBA letter of clearance that verified buyout from Russian team. CA story coming... Twitter @CAGrizBlog

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