Shabazz Muhammad RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
James never told the Heat directly he wanted them to draft Napier. He never talked to Napier about it, in fact he had no relationship with him, unlike numerous other college players he’s become friendly with over the years from his annual Nike camps. If the Heat read James’ tweets and comments to the media and made an assumption, then that is on them.
The Wolves termed “successful” Shabazz Muhammad’s surgery Monday in Rochester to repair a ruptured ligament in the middle finger of his left shooting hand. The second-year forward will miss the rest of the season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota’s Shabazz Muhammad will undergo surgery on his finger and miss the rest of season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
“He’s really shy with the media,” Muhammad said. “He’s a funny guy. If he’s comfortable with you he’s really talkative.” But it took time for Wiggins to gain that comfort level with his teammates after the trade happened. “I think at times, at the beginning of the year he was trying to find his identity, especially with our team,” Muhammad said. “He was shy with our team, too. We really embraced him and he’s really starting to get comfortable and you’re starting to see it on the court.”
Shabazz Muhammad was talking with reporters, and he was quick to predict a Zach LaVine victory in the upcoming Slam Dunk Contest over All Star Weekend after watching LaVine practice his dunks. “It was some crazy stuff, stuff I haven’t seen,” Shabazz Muhammad said. “And I’ve been watching the dunk contest a long time.’’
Kevin Martin (wrist), Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Shabazz Muhammad (outer oblique strain) are out for Minnesota. Zach LaVine (illness) spent yesterday at home, but is expected to play tonight.
Andy Greder: #Twolves Shabazz Muhammad (abdomen) will be out a couple weeks, coach Flip Saunders said.
What did you do in the summer to lose 30 pounds? Shabazz Muhammad: I worked out with this guy (Frank Matrisciano) that used to work out with Blake Griffin for two years. He really got my weight where it needed to be and got me stronger and it really helped me out a lot. It was a lot of sand work. A lot of running, medicine balls. It was a lot of stuff. I loved doing it. Like I said, Blake Griffin did it for two years and his game went to the next level. It’s something I can’t wait to have also.
Muhammad’s usual release of getting on the court was not available — he could barely get on the court. Instead, he ate himself to a weight that once seemed unimaginable. He heard the dissections that he was a selfish player and, as 2013-14 slipped away, that Minnesota would regret the choice. It has all made this season that much more satisfying.
Muhammad has definitely gotten better, but by changing his eating habits. He has gone from a fastbreak of double cheeseburgers as a rookie to dedicating himself to chicken salad, from approximately 245 pounds to 215 the second season, from out of shape as late as summer league last July to beach workouts that left him puking on the sands of Santa Monica, Calif., and because of it has gone from a focus of criticism to re-affirming his spot as part of the Minnesota future.
Is there any part of the weight gain that you think may have been related to being in a bad mood? Is that how you dealt with it? Shabazz Muhammad: Yeah. I was in a bad mood a lot. Especially with stuff that had to do with my dad. That had a lot to do with it. Not playing. Like I said, it was mostly stuff to do with my dad and it really hurt me just seeing that stuff.
“I think that D-League stint was just really important for me, because it was really humbling,” Muhammad said. “That was something I really needed.”
Muhammad underwent intense offseason training, dropping 30 pounds below his weight when he went to the D-League. He says he’s now at 215 pounds, and the difference is noticeable. Muhammad has already dunked 32 times this season, up from seven all of last year, including a couple highlight slams:
To reach this level, Muhammad – a 6-foot-6 shooting guard – has developed a unique style. He calls himself a “power guard.” Muhammad’s game starts on the left block, where he loves to post up. The lefty frequently turns over his right shoulder, mastering a single move rather than exploring a variety of them. He augments his post scoring with putbacks. Muhammad offensively rebounds better than any guard in the game today, and few perimeter players his size have ever hit the offensive glass like he does. Muhammad has also made enough 3-pointers, 10-of-25 (40 percent) to keep defenses honest when he roams beyond the arc. “He’s a professional scorer,” Saunders said. “When he’s 60 years old, he’ll be at the playground scoring. That’s just what he does.”
When Minnesota traded Corey Brewer to the Rockets, Timberwolves president/coach Flip Saunders said the move was made in part to develop Muhammad, who began starting after the deal. Muhammad is averaging 13.3 points on 49.5 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds per game this season. The advanced stats that skewered him now show a player finding his way. His PER of 20.2 ranks 38th in the league, better than everyone else drafted in the 2013 lottery.
Target Center’s video player tracking technology, STATS’ SportVU, collects footage on the how much players run and tries to measure the energy level they exert. Muhammad often has an energy value that’s at the top of the charts, but recently it’s dipped in the second half. “We’ve seen lately where it dropped a little bit, and that’s because his ankle seems to tighten up at halftime a little bit and gets a little tighter when we get into the second half,” coach Flip Saunders said.