HoopsHype Nick Calathes rumors

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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

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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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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

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