Humbled Muhammad Wants 2nd Chance


VIDEO: Muhammad’s sterling D-League debut

RENO, Nev. — He’s not the first lottery pick to feel the slap of being told he was getting shipped to the NBA D-League.

But after a few days of self pity, Shabazz Muhammad came to the conclusion that it might be just what he needed.

“It’s giving me a chance to maybe reset and restart where I should have been coming into the NBA,” said the Timberwolves’ rookie after he scored 24 points for the Iowa Energy at the D-League Showcase. “I don’t think I was aggressive enough when I played in summer league. I don’t think I showed enough to the coaches and to the team that I was ready.”

The MVP of the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game and regarded by many as the top player in his college class, Muhammad was drafted by Minnesota with the 14th pick last June. Following his underwhelming performance in the summer, he was sent home from the league’s rookie orientation. Reports said he had a female guest in his room.

“It was all humbling and it’s not the way I envisioned starting out my NBA career,” Muhammad said. “I know a lot of people have been looking at me because of the high profile that I had in high school.”

He’s managed to get onto the floor in only 11 games for the Wolves, playing an average of just 3.8 minutes.

“On the one hand, you want to stay at the NBA level and hope that things can improve,” Muhammad said. “But after I got the news that they wanted me to come here to the Showcase, and spending some time with the Energy, it set in that getting a chance to run for some real minutes and play in game conditions was the best way for me to get better and to show the coaching staff that I’m committed to improving.”

Muhammad said he tries to ignore the hurtful and sometimes personal criticism that comes from social media.

“It’s easy to take shots at people and I guess it’s easier when it’s a guy like me that has a name that’s been out there for a while,” he said. “I can’t worry about that stuff or let it get to me.

“I believe I can be a productive NBA player. I know I wasn’t fully prepared and didn’t show all of the necessary things coming into this season. But that’s why I’m here now. I’m not gonna pout about being here. The goal is to prove that I can do all of the things the Wolves want and this is all part of that.”

7 Comments

  1. jdub455 says:

    coach adelman is a great coach. shabz will learn a lot from him,,, the wolves are a much much better team that their record says.. i believe this kid has a lot of things going for him, just needs to grow up… hopefully he steps up when given another chance…

  2. Patty says:

    Muhammad made a mistake. He deserves a 2nd Chance.

  3. Patty says:

    Muhammad, I am so Proud of you. Hurry Back to the NBA.

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    I think rookies like him deserve more of a chance at NBA level, he’s hardly played any mins.

    • GreenMachine9 says:

      i agree with this. he is similar to andrew wiggins in that shabazz’s potential was the driving factor of him getting chosen on draft night. no one deemed that he was an NBA ready prospect…the T’wolves knew they were getting a project player with a great ceiling. the fact that he realizes his mistakes and is willing to work hard to correct them will make his development into a viable NBA player a lot more smoother. just look at micheal beasley. after his first stint with the heat, there was really no one to show him his mistakes, and he started growing troubled there after. on his second stint with the team, he has a locker room of veterans and winners to guide him help him realize his own shortcomings. now that he is legitimately working hard, he has become a viable NBA player. the fact that shabazz has realized this now will pay huge dividends in the future. sorry, i think this turned into a mini-rant :)

  5. charles cohen says:

    I told you this kid would be a bust even though some though he might be the top choice. Wiggins has some of the same traits but more athletic.

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    • GreenMachine9 says:

      this kid was drafted just last year…you cant just go ahead and call him a bust right now. you have to wait a couple years for that.