Tracy McGrady was one of the best all-around talents this league has ever seen. When he was allowed to freelance on offense and lead the charge in the half court, McGrady looked like one of the top scorers of his generation and a playmaker that could do anything he wanted on a basketball court. He could get to the line, get to the rim, pull up in midrange, or stroke it from 3-point range.
However, at a certain point the injuries piled up on McGrady and it took away his explosiveness. McGrady had issues returning to full strength. On NBA TV's "Open Court," he admitted to considering performance enhancing drugs in order to restore the health in his body and get back to being the offensive force we remember him being. He said in the video above that after researching the potential side effects, he decided against it.
They bring up an interesting question in the discussion had on the show that isn't totally relevant to the NBA (as far as we know) but has bigger implications for professional sports. Should a player lose his contract if he's caught using PEDs more than once in his career? A lot of players looking to get such an advantage or edge in their play through the use of PEDs are assumed to be doing it for a big payday in their career, maybe even multiple enormous paydays.
If that's the case, is the only way to curb the use of PEDs going to end up being taking away the money from these players? Will suspensions and shame bother them if they're still making big money? Would the players unions ever agree to such a severe penalty?
There have been discussions in the NBA recently over stricter testing for PEDs that would likely involve blood work having to be done. We've only had a handful of PED suspensions in the NBA over the past few years with illegal substances a much bigger problem when it comes to players getting suspended. As of right now, there isn't a big concern with the NBA and its athletes using these performance enhancers. However, that doesn't mean the league shouldn't be out ahead of this potential problem, especially if great, oft-injured players of the past have thought about using them.