Ex-Gonzaga star guard Dan Dickau suffered back spasms and anti-doping problems in Europe and America this year. Dickau, the oft-traveled NBA point guard, journeyed to Europe to play for the Air Avellino italiano team; however it is reported the medication he takes for back spasms didn't make it through European doping control. To BallinEurope:
This story about Dan Dickau joining Avellino (Italy)/leaving Avellino and joining the Golden State Warriors was kind of a weird story. Nobody really talked about the “why” and still nobody really knows. Everything we have is rumors from pretty reliable sources so we thought it might be a good idea to post them, since there is no official word - besides back pain.
Dan Dickau was released from Air Avellino, a Euroleague newcomer, because of back problems that prevented him from doing what he gets paid for: play basketball. At first this sounds like a very sad story, but two days later, Dan Dickau signed with an NBA team again: the Golden State Warriors...
Sources say that Dan needed special drugs, that weren’t allowed in Europe but are allowed in the NBA. With the word DRUGS, a lot of confusion ensued. Some web sites reported that Dan refused to get tested for illegal substances, which was the reason for his release. Combine Dan’s back problems with pharmaceuticals he probably had to take and you might think he took substances that are allowed in the US but not in Europe.
It is important to say that you can’t just buy anything in the United States and that we’re talking about pharmaceuticals allowed in within US basketball and just not allowed within FIBA or Euroleague play.
What drug could that be? Maybe cortisone. Use of cortisone requires special permission in Italy and must be permitted by the Italian league, which for sure would not have been a problem in Dan Dickau’s case.
Another reason why this was probably not the cause: Italian Danilo Gallinari can’t play right now because of back problems while he is in the United States. Dickau is now able to play with two hernias
Or maybe this has nothing to do with doping or doping tests:
So the stories get even crazier all the way to one with Dickau having a gambling problem … well, of course, it has to be something, right?
Interesting report...Dickau, unwilling to pass doping-control because of cortisone. Doesn't Europe have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to allow cortisone? Or was there something else doping control checks out in the tests? Note Dickau was credited with 3 'robberies' in this translation:
the base just fichado that seems that antidoping because of medecines was dismissed of the Air Italian Avellino to refuse to pass a control that are taking by back problems which they are legal in the USA but not in Europe, made debut with 8 points, 5 bounces and 4 robberies.
Dickau signed with the Golden State Warriors in early October, who then cut him yesterday (Solo Basketball):
Chris Mullin announced that Dan Dickau has been waived. Dickau was one of the players that left the NBA to play overseas with Italian LEGA A and Euroleague team Air Avellino. But there he had some problems with his an injury in back and he left to the States after being waived by the Italian club. Air Avellino then signed former Indiana Pacers Travis Best.
Then, Dickau signed almost immediately with the Warriors and all kind of rumors about his departure started to appear. It was said that Dickau needed a special treatment that was not allowed by anti-doping policy in Italy.
Finally, he has been waived again. He just played four preseason games with Golden State, averaging 5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2 steals in 12 minutes played per game. Dickau is now 30 years old and has already played with Mavericks, Blazers, Hawks, Hornets, Clippers and Celtics in the NBA.
Wonder what is the real Dickau story?