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News » Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-08-21

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-08-21

Orlando Magic Getting Inside 2009-08-21
The Magic will be starting next season without All-Star forward Rashard Lewis.

Lewis will miss the first 10 games of the regular season because he was suspended by the NBA for violating its Anti-Drug program.

Lewis tested positive for the testosterone-producing steroid commonly referred to as DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), a chemical in a supplement he started taking late in the season. The chemical is banned by most sports leagues, including the NBA, but it is contained in several over-the-counter supplements. It is not banned by Major League Baseball.

The positive test stemmed from a urine sample provided by Lewis during the playoffs before they reached the NBA Finals.

Without Lewis, the All-Star forward, the Magic will be starting the season with a lineup that includes center Dwight Howard, guards Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter, and forward Brandon Bass and Mickael Pietrus.

"I live the real world. Very few things shock me. I was a little taken aback, but I'm not going to go nuts over this," Magic general manager Otis Smith said after the league announced the suspension. "I've been around the league for 25-plus years, and I still don't know everything there is to know about all the banned substances."

NBA players are randomly tested four times each season under the league's Anti-Drug Agreement. The first positive test for steroids or any performance enhancing drug, results in a 10-game suspension. The second positive test is a 25-game suspension and the third positive test would be a one-year suspension.

"Ten games is a lot, but we can adjust. Let's not get too carried away. This isn't a football season we're talking about," Smith said. "We'll still have 72 left when he comes back. We'll get a better look now at guys early that we probably wouldn't have seen in this situation."

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 21, 2009


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