NBA Will Start Blood Tests for HGH After Agreement With Union

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National Basketball Association players will have blood tests for human growth hormone beginning next season.

The league and its players union said in a joint statement Thursday that the testing will begin in the 2015-16 season.

NBA players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests, two in-season and another during the offseason.

A first positive test would result in a 20-game suspension. A second positive is 45 games, while a third violation results in a player being kicked out of the league.

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