Mark Cuban: NBA Should Allow HGH Use


Another day, another interesting quote from the most outspoken owner in the NBA today.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy to hare his thoughts on controversial topics, and once again today is no different. This time though, the topic is HGH and whether or not it should be used.

“The issue isn’t whether I think it should be used,” Cuban told USA TODAY Sports via e-mail. “The issue is that it has not been approved for such use. And one of the reasons it hasn’t been approved is that there have not been studies done to prove the benefits of prescribing HGH for athletic rehabilitation or any injury rehabilitation that I’m aware of. The product has such a huge (public) stigma that no one wants to be associated with it.”

“I believe that professional sports leagues should work together and fund studies to determine the efficacy of HGH for rehabbing an injury,” Cuban told USA TODAY Sports. “Working together could lead us from the path of demonizing HGH and even testosterone towards a complete understanding. It could allow us to make a data based decision rather than the emotional decision we are currently making. And if it can help athletes recover more quickly, maybe we can extend careers and have healthier happier players and fans.”

If HGH was regulated would it make somebody like Derrick Rose come back faster?

I’m not sure, and according to Cuban nobody else is either. Obviously opinion on this topic will vary.

But if studies were done and shown to solidify the stance that it helps players return faster, I would be open to hearing a debate about it.