Notice how fast the Lindsey Hunter suspension was announced? The league also named th substance of the positive test. How unlike other professional sports that dawdle or remain secretive in not coming clean. Shouldn't fans who buy the tickets, or purchase broadcasts of the sports know what's going on?
The San Antonio Express explains this is the result of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement. The NBA also feels it does not need to protect players against anabolic abuse; there isn't much of a problem using anabolics.
Steroids and performance-enhancing drugs were added to the league's substance abuse policy in the last round of negotiations with the players' union. One interesting aspect of the agreement dictated that any time there is a penalty handed down when a performance enhancer is involved, the offending substance is to be identified.
Thus, we learned Lindsey Hunter was suspended for 10 games last week after phentermine, a banned substance used primarily for weight loss, was discovered in his system in a random test.
To the best of my knowledge, only one other player has been suspended for using performance enhancers: Don MacLean, who played briefly for six teams from 1992-2000...
As commissioner David Stern testified when a Congressional subcommittee was considering the "drug free sports act," in 2005: "The sport of basketball emphasizes a specialized set of physical abilities — particularly quickness, agility and basketball skill — that are distinct from those required in a number of other sports. Accordingly, illicit substances that could assist athletes in strength sports (such as weightlifting and football), power sports (such as baseball), or endurance sports (such as cycling or marathon running), are not likely to be of benefit to NBA players."