HoopsHype Nick Calathes rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates

Upon the player's request, the FIBA Disciplinary Panel held a hearing by telephone conference on 16 July 2014. The Panel rendered its decision on 21 July 2014 finding that Mr. Calathes has violated the FIBA Anti-doping Regulations and, therefore, he is ineligible to participate in FIBA Competitions for a period of four (4) months starting from 19 April 2014 until 18 August 2014 (including). During the period of ineligibility the player is not allowed to compete in any basketball game, including friendly games. The decision issued by the FIBA Disciplinary Panel is valid for FIBA and all National Member Federations of FIBA and has no impact on the existing NBA decision. The decision is subject to appeal within a period of 14 days to the FIBA Appeals’ Panel. Sportando

July 21, 2014 Updates

And as Calathes himself said: “I’m very happy that I found myself again in the environment of Panathinaikos, and also to meet and talk with Mr. Dimitris Giannakopoulos. We have to tell the truth: Right now my goal is to play as well as possible in the NBA, but it is certain that when I return to Europe I will play only for Panathinaikos’. EuroHoops.net

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Steve Kyler: Memphis guard Nick Calathes expects to find out his eligibility for the World Games soon, a teleconference is scheduled with FIBA. Given that Calathes is technically suspended in the NBA, FIBA would need to grant him approval to play for Greece in the World Games. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

June 29, 2014 Updates

Nick Calathes wants to return to Panathinaikos, according to Sport24.gr. The American-Greek point guard already informed the Memphis Grizzlies that he wants to return to Europe after one year in the NBA. Sportando

June 28, 2014 Updates

Rigas Dardalis: Despite the end of the deadline and no answer by @Nick Calathes, @paobcgr is still waiting and there's optimism... Twitter @Eurohoopsnet

June 26, 2014 Updates

Panathinaikos raised the bar early in the summer by making a run to get Nick Calathes and then mentioning the possibility of targeting Jimmer Fredette. However it seems than none of those two players is expected to end up in Athens. On the contrary the club has give a deadline to Calathes in order to sign a contract. EuroHoops.net

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The Turkish club have also squashed any rumours linking current Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes with Anadolu Efes. Calathes is linked with a move back to Europe after failing to impress in the NBA. It was reported that Panathinaikos would be favourites to offer the former Greek international a contract with Anadolu Efes also in the running. "There are some names on the radar of our club and of course transfers are carried out on these names," a statement from the club said. "We want the public to know that in Europe a valuable player Nick Calathes our goal and / or a name that is not the focus of our attention." TalkBasket

June 20, 2014 Updates

Nick Calathes did not respond to Panathinaikos offer ($6.5 million in three years) and the Greek powerhouse is now targeting Jimmer Fredette, according to Sport24. The American guard started his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings who selected him with the tenth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. During the season Fredette moved to Chicago Bulls after being waived by the Kings. Sportando

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By that, I mean he's going bald and doesn't like it. So he took Rogaine or minoxidil or some sort of baldness treatment. It contained tamoxifen, a prescription drug normally used to treat breast cancer. It is one of approximately 140 items on the NBA's banned list. For privacy reasons, nobody has publicly said Calathes' "medical issue" is baldness. But all you have to do is listen to the whispers and take a look at him. "He's going bald at 24," one person said. "Nobody wants to do that." Orlando Sentinel

Nobody wants the world to know they're slathering on Rogaine, either. As a member of the Receding Hair Club for Men, I hate to bring it up. But it's worse for Calathes if people think he was trying to cheat the game instead of merely trying to cheat Mother Nature. "He's not covering anything up. Not Nick, you kidding me?" said Steve Kohn, who coached Lake Howell to a state title in 2007. "He's a model citizen. He doesn't smoke, he doesn't drink, he doesn't party. He's been like that all of his life." Orlando Sentinel

Calathes declined interview requests, but his lawyer was glad to talk. "They're throwing the baby out with the bathwater," David Cornwell said, "and they know it." Not exactly. Cornwell and the players union say tamoxifen isn't a PED. But it can be used as a masking agent and raises testosterone levels. It is also banned by Major League Baseball and the World Anti-Doping Agency. "It's easily in the top 10 of banned substances found in drug tests," NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan said. The league can't judge intent, so players have strict liability when it comes testing. And the NBA's bottom line is not outrageous. "You are responsible for the pill you put in your mouth," Buchanan said. Orlando Sentinel

April 21, 2014 Updates

The 20 games ban of Nick Calathes was a shock for the Greek basketball federation, still there’s full support towards the Greek-American guard. On Saturday Kostas Missas, a member of the Greek federation coaching stuff, contacted the player, who gave his side of the story and once more clarified the fact that he never used synthetic testosterone or performance-enhancing drugs. However, Tamoxifen which was detected in Calathes’ samples is banned also from the International Olympic Committee, so the player should have been much more careful. The point is that the ban of Calathes is imposed to the NBA and has to do only with NBA games. There’s no cooperation between the NBA and WADA and until further notice the player is eligible for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. EuroHoops.net

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