The NBA and the its players association announced Thursday that HGH testing will start during training camp next fall. All players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests annually — two during the season and one in the offseason.
A positive test will result in a 20-game suspension for a first violation and a 45-game ban for a second. A player would be disqualified from the NBA for his third violation.
Owners and players had agreed during 2011 collective bargaining negotiations to determine a process for HGH testing. The league hasn't previously done blood testing.
Records set at gate
The NBA broke its attendance record by drawing nearly 22 million fans during the 2014-15 regular season.
The final total of 21,926,548 fans surpassed the 21,841,480 from 2006-07 and was a 2.4 percent increase from last season.
There were 700 sellouts, shattering the previous best of 676 from 20 years ago. NBA arenas were filled to 94 percent capacity, another record. The league's average attendance of 17,826 was also its best ever.
Big Al to stay a Hornet
Al Jefferson said he has no intention of opting out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. He is due $13.5 million next season but has an opt-out clauses in his contract that would allow him to become a free agent. "Unless something dramatic changes, I don't see myself opting out," Jefferson said Thursday.
The former Timberwolves player said he has unfinished business after an injury-plagued season. Charlotte finished with the league's ninth-worst record (33-49) this season after making the playoffs in 2014.
"I have a bad taste in my mouth, the Charlotte Hornets have a bad taste in their mouths and I can't walk away from that," said 6-10, 289-pound Jefferson.
Thunder coach secure
Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to return next season, despite talk that his job is in jeopardy after Oklahoma City (45-37) failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09. "I'm proud to be the coach of this organization. I love being here," Brooks said Thursday. "I expect to be the coach next season.
"There's always going to be speculation. You have to be able to do your job, regardless of what's out there … I'm excited about the talent that we have here."
"I'm at the point where I just need to go away and decompress and get my thoughts together," said Lakers coach Byron Scott after the team's worst season ever.