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Report: Shabazz Muhammad trying to drop 15 pounds this summer

Aug 25, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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For weeks Shabazz Muhammad has been doing a daily boot camp run by a guy who used to train Navy SEALS. Which sounds like it would get you in shape.

Muhammad needs it. Conditioning was one of the issues that limited his minutes on the Timberwolves last season, but with an influx of young talent — starting with Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine — Muhammad is going to get another long look from the Wolves. One he needs to take advantage of.

Speaking with the media in the wake of trading Kevin Love and bringing back Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and Anthony Bennett, Minnesota coach and decision maker Flip Saunders said this to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune.

Muhammad was on a short leash by coach Rick Adelman at the start of last season (especially after an incident at the NBA’s rookie training program). First, they already had Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, and Chase Budinger to play the wings, and when the season started Minnesota was thinking playoffs. Muhammad got sent down to the D-League for a few games.

As the season wore on we learned a couple things — Muhammad can slash and get inside, and he’s a good post up player. We also learned that he has no jump shot anyone will fear (27.3 percent from three, 28.6 percent on catch-and-shoot chances) and he’s adjusting to not playing AAU-style ball (his court awareness on both ends of the floor, especially when he doesn’t have the ball, needs work). Also, his defense needs a lot of work.

Muhammad is out to show a lot of improvement this season, and that had to start with conditioning (he looked a little doughy). Part of his attraction is hustle and effort, there dropping a few pounds helps.

With this roster Muhammad will get his shot, and he could play some four in a small lineup Saunders said. However there are other guys looking to do the same and Muhammad will have to show improvement and beat them out or his minutes will dwindle.

  1. rrhoe - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    The Timberwolves can erase years of futility if Andrew Wiggins,Zach LaVine,Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad can all come into their own,omg…….

    • spursareold - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      ‘Bazz ain’t all that. That should have been apparent when he dropped from a projected top pick all the way down to #14 when scouts got a look at his game in college and his real birth certificate. That might have even been too high to pick a guy who can’t shoot or defend.

    • therealhtj - Aug 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      I can see the Wolves dropping 250 lbs of dead weight instead.

  2. undagroundnbablogspot - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    I’m sorry, but while I’m not one of those people foolish enough to question Kevin Love’s legitimacy as a great player I still think the Wolves got the better of this deal than the Cavs. LBJ is basically in the same position he was in when he in Miami with a big man who prefers to shoot jumpers (Bosh/Love) and an effective penetrating yet easily-injured guard (Wade/Irving) with no intimidating defensive center. It’s also pitiful that LBJ, who is supposed to be the greatest of our era, needs to be on a superteam to feel he can win, but the way people dog him when he doesn’t win a ring I can kind of understand his anxiety. Anyway it’s cool that players on the T-Wolves are feeling inspired by this trade.

    • cruzan80 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      @ underground

      Spot on post sir…

    • bkbell3 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      First he won two chips with what you described except the cavs guys are much younger and haven’t reached their prime yet, unlike wade and bosh. And love is a true stretch four while bosh worked to become a decent one. Also love is a much better rebounder than bosh. Next, super teams? Like magic,jabbar,worthy and a host of great role players reloaded every year? Or bird,chief,mchale and dennis johnson=4 hall of famers? Maybe mj,pippen,rodman and a host of great role players and shooters reloading every year? Kind of like those, you mean?

  3. zacksdad - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Wasn’t this the guy that him and his dad always tried to scam everyone. I think they threatened a NCAA official.

    If this is him, hope he bombs out like it looks like he is.

    • spursareold - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      If he does bomb, and I’d have to say the likelihood is high, he’d be just another kid with talent, but little to no work-ethic who thought getting drafted into the NBA was the finish line, and not the starting blocks.

    • musician0785 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Ncaa officials deserve to be threatened like the blood sucking, revenue generating ,scum that they are

  4. chicagocane - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    NOW he wants to drop weight??!! haha..fatty.

  5. blogsk3tball - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    I love how much more Flip is out and doing, now that he actually has to coach this roster.

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