I’m a little late to the party here but the news is certainly worth mentioning.
USA Today reported Muhammad was dismissed for violating a rule by bringing a female guest into his hotel room. Muhammad also will be fined, according to the report.
“We have been made aware of the circumstances surrounding Shabazz Muhammad’s dismissal from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey,” Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said. “The team fully supports the NBA’s rules and policies in all matters pertaining to this situation, and we will abide by the league’s action.”
The four-day program, held in Florham Park, N.J., helps rookies get anointed into the league through a series of seminars, instructions and guest speakers. Nearly 50 rookies or players are participating in the program, which ends Friday.
The report stated that just hours before Muhammad was sent home, players were given rules for the program, which included no guests unless approved by administrators.
That’s just downright hilarious. I mean, I understand the seriousness in the situation, like the fact that this symposium could very well help dictate a young professional’s life, such as Muhammad’s. But as an occasionally inappropriate, immature 20-something myself, I completely understand. Plus, wasn’t he just filling his manly desires to spend a nice, quiet evening in the company of a woman?
Hopefully this isn’t a glimpse into what could be a massive headache for Rick Adelman, Flip Saunders and company, though. Muhammad is known to have attitude issues despite his “gym rat” mentality. He’s the kind of privileged player that will take instances like this for granted and neglect to correct the behavior. Or perhaps he’ll be so embarrassed by the whole fiasco, he’ll take the time to realize his mistake and only work harder to cover up the blemish this will leave heading into his rookie season.
We’ll have to wait and see if this has any short-term effects on his standing as a teammate and future asset to this franchise, but for now, this is just pretty much comical. Well, at least for me it is.