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Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad kicked out of NBA’s Rookie Transition Program

Aug 7, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

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Shabazz Muhammad has already endured his fair share of controversy for a rookie that has yet to play in an NBA game. The controversy doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, however, as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick got into some trouble at the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program this weekend.

Muhammad was sent home Tuesday night from the annual four-day program because, according to a report from USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, he had a female guest in his hotel room just hours after administrators explained that one of the rules prohibited any guests not previously approved. Aside from having to leave early, he’ll also be forced to pay a fine and complete the program again next season with that class of incoming rookies.

This wouldn’t seem to be as major of a problem as the time that Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were sent home in 2008 for marijuana and females in their room — Michael Beasley later admitted to being involved —  but it is another small bump in the road for a player that seemed to already have enough problems to deal with heading into his first NBA season.

In an ironic twist, by the way, the ordeal comes just shortly after Muhammad gave a good quote to the Timberwolves’ official website about being a professional during their preview of the RTP:

“Just carrying yourself the right way,” he said. “And making sure you’re nice to everybody, because you’re carrying out your brand and it will really help you out as a basketball player, and not only as a basketball player but as a person as well.”

The 20-year-old wing was once considered a potential top pick in this year’s draft, but he struggled to fit in during his one season with the UCLA Bruins and was found to have been lying about his age after investigators found out he is actually a year older than he’d been claiming. That caused him to fall from the top of the lottery to the last pick in the lottery — and he didn’t exactly prove that he was worth being picked even that high at last month’s Vegas Summer League. Muhammad scored in double figures just once during the Wolves’ six-game exhibition schedule, averaging 8.5 points on 36.5 percent shooting from the field while having a negative assist-tot-turnover ratio.

All of this isn’t to say that Muhammad is a bust or that he’ll continue to struggle going forward, but the transitioning wing will have to turn things around soon — both on and off the court — if he’s ever going to live up to his once-promising potential.

  1. shanelsweet - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Stupid rule to ban “any guests not previously approved.” How’s a man supposed to know who’s available to invite to their room before he even gets to the club that day? How’s that helping the rookies transition?

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Real talk!^

  2. chargerdillon - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    It’s not Shabazz’s fault. He just spent last few years of his life being told all the rules in college and then not being responsible for following any of them because he was an elite star/celebrity at his school.

    Oh you mean NOW he has to act like the rules matter?!

    Do you think any 20something year old kid would go to this stupid thing if they weren’t mandated by the NBA to do so.

  3. spursareold - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Beasley II

  4. cornbreadbbqred - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Give him a break! He just tripped over that trollop on the way back to his room and accidentally dragged her in on his shoe! Maybe he can top that next year on the rewind?

  5. chiadam - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Busts Bust.

  6. kb2408 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Shabazz has bust written all over him…and not because of this minor transgression. He reminds me of Felipe Lopez, who came out of N.Y. and was supposed to be the best thing since P.B. & J. The NBA separates the boys from the men. Shabazz looks to be one of those high schoolers that dominated on that level but is mediocre against the big boys.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Absolutely true. His college numbers say he likes to shoot shoot shoot, but it doesn’t go in much. He’s inefficient in almost every aspect of the game. He’s even below average in transition.

  7. saint1997 - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Haha that’s ironic. Good to see the RTP is doing its bit

  8. heatdchamps - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    He was trying to get laid

  9. lucifershuttlesworth - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    A poor man’s OJ Mayo don’t cut the mustard. For a team trying to escape the ghosts of the recent past this pick was disturbingly Khanesque.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Kahnesque.

    • spursareold - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Khan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • cardswin519 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        KHAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!

  10. thomaskouns - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    If 60 other guys could follow the rule like the rule or not he should have been able to do it as we’ll.

    59 other guys showed the ‘discipline’ which is often the difference maker in player’s career trajectory.

  11. thebrownrelease - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Lol are you serious? So they can tell a grown man who and who’s not allowed in their own room?

    • dexterismyhero - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Yes, they can. It is called the rules. So go release a brown Ok!!!!

  12. metalhead65 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    so what happens next year when he does the same thing? when you are that young that is one rule you will break every time. no way he is going to turn down some strange over some stupid rule.

  13. BigBeachBall - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Word was probably getting around….

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