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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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After being hired three days before the draft last year, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has had more time to prepare and make inquiries for this draft. The Hawks also are intrigued by UCLA small forward Shabazz Muhammad, a source said. Yahoo! Sports

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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

As the draft approaches, Muhammad, who indeed played only one season at UCLA, is no longer looked at as the potential No. 1 pick as he was before the start of the season. Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, Kansas' Ben McLemore, UNLV's Anthony Bennett, Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Georgetown's Otto Porter have emerged as more viable contenders for the top selection, and with good reason. They were the best in college basketball and have the potential to be great in the NBA. "I want to go as high as I can. Everyone wants to go as high as you can, but the best fit is perfect," Muhammad says. "If you get the best fit, it doesn't really matter if you go high. You can look at the guys who have gone No. 3, some go No. 10 that get a great fit and translate right away and make a big impact right away." USA Today Sports

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