HoopsHype Shabazz Muhammad rumors

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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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It sounds as if the Timberwolves have narrowed things down to Caldwell-Pope and Shabazz Muhammad. Although Muhammad is more of a natural scorer, it's hard to believe the Wolves will pass on Caldwell-Pope's shooting abilities ESPN.com

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Steve Luhm: Muhammad still believes he is a top-10 prospect. He certainly has the size and body-type to be an NBA shooting guard. Impressive. Twitter @sluhm

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