The Washington Wizards bench has lost a key piece with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN breaking the news that Jodie Meeks has been suspended for 25 games for violating the league’s drug policy.

According to Dan Chaiet of Steroridal.Com:

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“iPamorelin is very much like GHRP-6 in terms of its ability to cause the body to secrete more ghrelin. Ghrelin is a hormone that secretes when your body detects an empty stomach, and it stimulates the body to eat more. This makes it a very powerful growth agent. Ipamorelin also works to stimulate a very precise pule of growth hormone”

“The effects of Ipamorelin are relatively basic. It increases your natural production of growth hormone. It is the increase of this growth hormone in your body that will result in a load of positive benefits for an athlete or even the average person. You can expect increased levels of growth hormone to lead to an improved metabolism, which will allow an individual to burn fat or maintain levels of fat while taking on an increase in calories. But most importantly, the improved growth hormone levels will mean much faster recovery, which is absolutely critical for most athletes.”

Some athletes take this to help in the recovery either from injury, or just the grind of the sport. Unfortunately for Meeks and the Wizards, it is a banned substance by the NBA, and he will now have to sit out 25 games.

Although Meeks hasn’t had a huge season, he has been a key bench contributor down the stretch. He has played in 77 games averaging 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds 0.9 assists.