The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a fantastic offseason so far. Between the 2013 NBA Draft and the free agency period, the Wolves have addressed every major area of need and done a fine job in shoring up some holes.
Via the draft, they brought in the questionable soul of Shabazz Muhammad out of UCLA. Muhammad shone brightly with the Bruins at times, displaying tons of athleticism and the ability to get to the bucket. The Wolves needed more of that, badly.
At the 14th pick, he was considered one of the better options available as this draft wasn’t chock full of any big names like next year will be.
Muhammad, though, has had a past filled with attitude issues and questionable character. Minnesota thought they could see past that and give him a fresh start as a pro, wanting to see what he can do with such a golden opportunity.
At this year’s Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey, Muhammad quickly took that chance and made it vanish — for the moment. He was sent home for violating a rule that states a player cannot have a female guest in their hotel room. Wolves president Flip Saunders said he supports the rule and the inevitable fine, and that Muhammad will just have to learn these things.
Here’s the deal, though. Is this not something plenty of professional athletes have gotten away with before? If it’s not at their hotel room, it’s a friend’s hotel room. It’s a party, a club, etc. The problems that could arise within their own hotel rooms surely could happen just about anywhere else these guys are finding themselves during their down time.
It’s a bummer that he broke a rule, especially as a rookie. But, the fact is, he’s not even going to play much this year anyways with all of the additions the Wolves have made. It’s nothing to be too concerned over. He has time to mature and if he doesn’t pan out, that’ll be just fine for Minnesota.
Let’s focus on the real stories that have an impact on the season like the health of Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. The Wolves could do something pretty impressive this year if their core is healthy. The guys they’ve brought on will give them a shot to make that desperate playoff run they’ve been waiting for.