Mark Cuban advocates research of HGH benefits

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavs' owner wants the NBA to investigate whether human growth hormone can help with the injury recovery process.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes the NBA should discuss potentially allowing the use of human growth hormone to help aid in the recovery from injuries, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Cuban isn't necessarily advocating the use of HGH, but he believes the league should research the drug and see if it can have positive effects on an injured player's recovery time:

"The issue isn't whether I think it should be used," Cuban told USA TODAY Sports via e-mail. "The issue is that it has not been approved for such use. And one of the reasons it hasn't been approved is that there have not been studies done to prove the benefits of prescribing HGH for athletic rehabilitation or any injury rehabilitation that I'm aware of. The product has such a huge (public) stigma that no one wants to be associated with it."

Cuban first opened up about HGH during an interview with Jay Leno in August, saying the drug is "banned for no good reason" in the NBA and MLB. Cuban made his voice heard at the NBA's Board of Governors meeting last month in New York, and he hopes the league can educate itself more on HGH and whether it should remain on the banned substance list.

NBA commissioner David Stern had hoped a new HGH policy would be in place for this season, but discussions between the league and the NBPA are on hold due in large part to the NFL's failure to come up with a new policy of their own. The lack of a NBPA executive director after Billy Hunter's firing has also slowed the process.

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