While it may not be any sort of HGH/PED or drug usages, Dwight Howard was busted using a spray called Stickum, in order to increase his ability to grip the ball on Saturday, as the Houston Rockets were visiting the Atlanta Hawks. The All-Star big man checked into the game as Paul Millsap was shooting two, grabbed the ball after the make, and when it got back to Millsap, it was clear a foreign substance was on the ball.
Millsap then alerted the officiating crew, led by Monty McCutchen, who headed towards the benches to issue a warning of the usage of illegal substances. J.B. Bickerstaff, the Rockets coach, attempted to hide the white taped spray can, which Howard had used, but ultimately failed. A member of the Rockets staff then removed the spray can from the vicinity. "I've never felt the ball like that, ever," Millsap said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It was sticky. It was like super glue or something was on there. I couldn't get it off my hands. It was the weirdest thing ever." Howard had an entirely different outlook, admitting to having used the illegal substance for the past five seasons, "I don't know why people are making a big deal out of it," he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I do it every game. It's not a big deal. I ain't tripping." You'd expect someone using such a substance for grip purposes would cut down on the amount of turnovers they average per outing, however, Howard continued around his career numbers.
The NBA is currently investigating the incident, and whether Howard is fined and/or suspended is up for grabs as this would set an interesting precedent for Adam Silver and the Board of Governers.