By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Shabazz Muhammad had many question marks coming into the NBA Draft.
But the Minnesota Timberwolves took a gamble on the former UCLA prospect after a trade with the Utah Jazz. The Jazz drafted Muhammad with the 14th overall pick, the last pick in the NBA Draft lottery, before he was dealt later that night to the Timberwolves.
Now, his badge has come into question again, as he has been kicked out of the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program.
He was kicked out after violating a rule that all rookies were informed about. Instead, Muhammad broke the rule by bringing a female guest into his hotel room.
He was fined for the incident, and he will have to return to the Rookie Transition Program next summer, as a sophomore, to complete the program.
Muhammad is not the only player to do such a thing at the Rookie Transition Program. Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers did a similar thing in 2008 when he was coming into the league.
Yet, he has prospered in the NBA with the Heat. The episode served as a wake-up call to Chalmers, so time will tell if it will serve as a wake-up call for Muhammad.
He also deals with Tourette’s Syndrome – and it has been suggested that he has had to deal with depression, OCD, and ADD. His father also mislead the media about his age, as the questions about his age have been legitimate.
Due to his age issue, he had to go through a long process with the NCAA to gain eligibility to play for UCLA. Then, when he did play for UCLA, he only had one single digit game while playing for the Bruins.
He did not miss a game for the Bruins after being suspended for three game due to the age issue.