HoopsHype Shabazz Muhammad rumors

January 4, 2014 Updates

Muhammad, last year’s 14th pick in the draft, hasn’t been able to play much at all during the Wolves’ first 32 games. The 21-year-old scorer from UCLA has averaged 1.1 points over 3.8 minutes in 11 games this season. “I’d rather go down and play right now to be honest with you,” Muhammad said. “Watching is a good thing, too, but sometimes you just want to go out and play. It feels like I haven’t played a game in a while, so that is something that I’m excited to go do.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan to send first-round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad to Iowa of the NBA Development League in an effort to get him some more playing time. Coach Rick Adelman says the seldom-used Muhammad will benefit from playing big minutes rather than sitting on the bench for the Timberwolves. The 14th overall pick in the June draft has played in only 11 of Minnesota's 32 games this season. He has yet to play 10 minutes in a game. WGEM.com

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But some teams are already cracking down on even mild hazing in the wake of harassment allegations against Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito. Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad said team President Chris Wright and GM Milt Newton informed players they no longer wanted rookies wearing child-themed backpacks. Muhammad had been issued a Jonas Brothers backpack to wear on trips. "They actually said they don't want us carrying them, but I understand with the stuff going on with the football thing," said Muhammad, who entered the draft after one season at UCLA. "They want to be separate from that. . . . Now I think rookie hazing won't exist anymore." Los Angeles Times

October 1, 2013 Updates

Rookie Shabazz Muhammad said he reached out to Saunders and Wolves owner Glen Taylor after he was got sent home from the NBA’s rookie symposium after just one day for violating the rules last summer. He was sent home and will have to attend the program next summer with the 2014 rookie class because he brought a female to his room when no visitors are allowed. “I wrote them a letter just to tell them it won’t happen again,” Muhammad said. “I mean, you always have to carry yourself as a professional and the stuff you do always comes out. So I just have to learn to be smarter and learn from the guys who have been there before.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 20, 2013 Updates

Chase Budinger, Dante Cunningham, Ronny Turiaf, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel were all on hand Friday and participating in a 5-on-5 scrimmage. The chance to come in early allows rookies like Muhammad, Dieng and Brown to get familiar with the facilities and some of the training regimens prior to Training Camp. For guys like Budinger and Cunningham, it’s a way to get re-acquainted with the day-to-day grind. NBA.com

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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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