Every NBA championship contender needs a veteran presence in the locker room to guide the young players.
For the 2023-24 Cleveland Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson was handed the duties of the above-mentioned veteran.
While Thompson had done a decent job of being a great veteran for the team, the recent news around the 32-year-old forward is certainly shocking.
Per renowned NBA insider Shams Charania, Thompson recently received a 25-game suspension from the NBA because he was found guilty of violating the league’s anti-drug program.
NBA says Tristian Thompson tested positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033. https://t.co/HmZ6MhHgFR
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 23, 2024
Considering Thompson is a key member of the Cavaliers, fans had various reactions to the news on Twitter.
OH NAH PEDs 😭
— FearBuck (@FearedBuck) January 23, 2024
Knew he looked a little too good in Orlando last night 🤣
— Playmaker (@playmaker) January 23, 2024
Juicing so you can grab an extra two rebounds per game is insane
— 🐺 (@_smarttakes_) January 23, 2024
Legit taking bodybuilding compounds I’m dead lol
— 𝔾𝕠𝕝𝕕𝕪 (@WarriorsGiveTop) January 23, 2024
Some fans were shocked upon finding out that Thompson was taking performance-enhancing drugs during the twilight years of his career, while others decided to troll the Cavaliers forward.
After all, Thompson’s numbers aren’t that impactful for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.
Coming back to the topic at hand, Charania reported that Thompson tested positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033.
In simple terms, the combination of the two drugs helps a player cut weight while simultaneously increasing strength and staying in top shape to compete in a league like the NBA.
Thompson has made 36 appearances for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 3.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.
With Thompson missing the next 25 games of the season, it won’t be a surprise if the Cavaliers decide to sign a backup power forward from the open market.
The Cavs are currently the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 26-15 record this season.