Pelicans guard Didi Louzada suspended 25 games for failed drug test

November 24, 2021

Pelicans guard Didi Louzada suspended 25 games for failed drug test

According to Paul Rudder of as.com on Saturday, New Orleans Pelicans small forward Didi Louzada of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil has been suspended 25 games for violating the National Basketball Association’s anti-drug program. The program is a joined effort between the NBA and the National Basketball Association Players’ Association. Louzada tested positive for drostanolone and testosterone.

Louzada had not registered a single point for the Pelicans in 2021-22. He only has one assist, which came in a 112-99 Pelicans loss to the Sacramento Kings on November 3. Louzada also had two rebounds in a 126-85 Pelicans loss to the Golden State Warriors on November 5.

In 2020-21, Louzada played in three games for the Pelicans. He had a career-high six points in a 125-122 loss to the Warriors on May 14, 2021.

Didi Louzada also goes by the name of Marcos Louzada Silva. He was initially drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2019 NBA Draft before his rights were traded to New Orleans.

It has simply been a disastrous season so far for New Orleans, as they have completely struggled on the court, without their star player Zion Williamson. Currently Williamson is out with a broken foot which he suffered during the offseason.

So far the Pelicans have a record of three wins and 16 losses. However, they are not the worst team in the NBA. That record belongs to the Houston Rockets, who are at one win and 16 losses.

Louzada meanwhile is the fourth player to be suspended 25 games by the NBA for violating the league’s drug policy in the last three seasons. In 2019-20, John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks, Wilson Chandler of the Brooklyn Nets, and DeAndre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns were also suspended.

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