HoopsHype Shabazz Muhammad rumors

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Shabazz Muhammad of the Minnesota Timberwolves was actually dismissed from the program for violating a rule and allegedly bringing a female guest into his hotel room. “Very disappointing,” McLemore said, asked his reaction. “After they (were) telling us the rules, what not to do, for him to do that ... it’s just unbelievable after they just explained the different rules to us. “Hopefully he’ll learn from his mistakes. Hopefully that won’t stop him from being the basketball player who he is, just keep playing, going with his career.” Lawrence Journal-World

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NBA veteran Matt Barnes offered his opinion on Twitter, saying he thought Muhammad getting kicked out of the program was “BS,” that a grown man should be able to have a woman in his room if he wants, that the story was blown out of proportion and Muhammad now will enter the league with a “bad wrap” before he has played a game. Barnes doesn’t get it. He attended the program. He got through it without issue. It’s not about the rule. It’s about perception, about showing an ability to conform with a group and work as a team and not always snub your nose at authority. Las Vegas Review Journal

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Matt Barnes: I think @phenom15balla gettn kicked out of #NBARTP is BS. He’s a grown A$$ man, if he wants to hv a woman n his rm that’s his business(cont). Then the media gets ahold of the story & blows it outa proportion, like they always do. Now his gotta bad wrap b4 he’s ever played a(cont). Game.. Starting behind the 8 ball already! I guess I’m tryn to say there are bigger issues to deal with, then whether or not a grown(cont). Man has a woman In his room.. @phenom15balla keep ur head up boy & keep working hard, this will blow over NBCSports.com

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Now that Muhammad is preparing to make the long-anticipated jump from college to the pros, he is telling his famously involved - and occasionally trouble-making - father to take a seat on the bench. Muhammad said the two had a conversation last month setting new ground rules for their relationship going forward. "I talk to him now as a dad,'' Muhammad said on Friday after being introduced as one of the Minnesota Timberwolves' two first-round draft picks. "He's not really in my basketball (life) anymore. "I still love the guy. I talk to him about basketball and life. But he doesn't really come around with basketball anymore. I think that's the appropriate thing to do. It's really helping me out a lot.'' SI.com

"There were some slipups with him. We definitely talked about that,'' Muhammad said. "That's why I loved doing interviews with NBA teams because they said, `When you look at him, they're like this kid didn't do anything. He's a good kid.' That's one thing I wanted to reach out to everybody doing the interviews with me. "My dad is a great guy, but with basketball, we don't really talk about it. He's just being a dad and just helping me out with life now.'' New Timberwolves President Flip Saunders had some of those concerns and conversations with Muhammad in the pre-draft process. "When we sat down and talked to him he owned up to anything in his previous history that he's dealt with,'' Saunders said. "And a lot of that didn't have to do with him. It had to do with some other people involved. I felt comfortable with that. Not only did he own up to it, I felt he had a little chip on his shoulder because of where everything was at.'' SI.com

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