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Timberwolves’ Shabazz Muhammad kicked out of NBA’s Rookie Transition Program


Shabazz Muhammad has already endured his fair share of controversy for a rookie that has yet to play in an NBA game. The controversy doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, however, as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick got into some trouble at the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program this weekend.

Muhammad was sent home Tuesday night from the annual four-day program because, according to a report from USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, he had a female guest in his hotel room just hours after administrators explained that one of the rules prohibited any guests not previously approved. Aside from having to leave early, he’ll also be forced to pay a fine and complete the program again next season with that class of incoming rookies.

This wouldn’t seem to be as major of a problem as the time that Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were sent home in 2008 for marijuana and females in their room — Michael Beasley later admitted to being involved —  but it is another small bump in the road for a player that seemed to already have enough problems to deal with heading into his first NBA season.

In an ironic twist, by the way, the ordeal comes just shortly after Muhammad gave a good quote to the Timberwolves’ official website about being a professional during their preview of the RTP:

“Just carrying yourself the right way,” he said. “And making sure you’re nice to everybody, because you’re carrying out your brand and it will really help you out as a basketball player, and not only as a basketball player but as a person as well.”

The 20-year-old wing was once considered a potential top pick in this year’s draft, but he struggled to fit in during his one season with the UCLA Bruins and was found to have been lying about his age after investigators found out he is actually a year older than he’d been claiming. That caused him to fall from the top of the lottery to the last pick in the lottery — and he didn’t exactly prove that he was worth being picked even that high at last month’s Vegas Summer League. Muhammad scored in double figures just once during the Wolves’ six-game exhibition schedule, averaging 8.5 points on 36.5 percent shooting from the field while having a negative assist-tot-turnover ratio.

All of this isn’t to say that Muhammad is a bust or that he’ll continue to struggle going forward, but the transitioning wing will have to turn things around soon — both on and off the court — if he’s ever going to live up to his once-promising potential.

Timberwolves introduce Rick Adelman, everyone plays nice

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Eventually, there is going to be some tension in Minnesota. There is GM David Kahn in the last year of his deal. New coach Rick Adelman brings with him real gravitas and will have say on player/personnel issues. You can see the friction coming.

But at Adelman’s introductory press conference on Wednesday it was “smiles everyone, smiles, smiles.”

Adelman said what you would expect, how he looks forward to building something with the young core of players assembled in Minnesota, led by All-Star Kevin Love. Because of the lockout Adelman and Kahn could not talk about specific players. But Adelman talked about style and this being a team that will be up-tempo.

“We want to push the ball, we want to be on the attack all the time,” he said.

Kahn said the pace of the coach hiring process was deliberately slow, and part of the reason for that was for Adelman to make up his mind and maybe think about coming to the T-Wolves. Adelman admitted he talked to Lakers but they were moving quickly and he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. He said talks never got serious.

Meanwhile, Kahn was patient.

“I thought it would be a mistake for us to hurry up and make a decision until we saw the full array of candidates,” Kahn said.

You can bet everyone in attendance wanted to ask Adelman how he planned to bring Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio along, but he couldn’t discuss specific players. So Adelman instead talked about bringing young European players in general along.

“The players there are very good players, they are renowned over there, they have agents and family, but when you come to the NBA it’s a different game and they have to learn the game….” Adelman said. “You have to figure out what they can do in the NBA game, play to their strengths, be there for them but and let them know it is a process.”

He was already trying to tamper expectations, saying it usually takes a year or two for European players to adjust to the NBA. Which fits in with the young, learning to win in the NBA team Minnesota has. It’s just that taking your time and learning to win can create friction in the front office. Something to watch if and when we ever get a season.

PBT Tuesday morning one liners

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When you watched Space Jam you thought, “Man, I’d really like to pour over the box score from that game.” Well, here you go. Thanks guys at Harvard (and Deadspin).

Before he got injured in the second quarter Monday, Tim Duncan grabbed three rebounds. That was enough to tie him with Dennis Rodman for third on the NBA’s all-time rebound list at 11,954. Good for Duncan. But Rodman was a better rebounder.

The 10 most abused clichés of March Madness. (Other sites have tried this but these guys just wanted it more.)

Want to know how Timberwolves fans are feeling? (Now this is an old-school rant.)

Doc Rivers resorted to calling the Celtics “soft” to inspire the comeback against the Knicks Monday.

What is John Wall doing better lately? Knocking down jump shots when teams play off him.

Kobe Bryant had his knee drained not once — as had been the story — but three times during the playoffs last season, including once during the finals.

Portland is taking steps to reduce the mountains of trash generated at games, to make the team a little more eco-friendly. Every team needs to be doing this.

Chris Bosh is being aggressive now. It’s working.

The Pistons veterans have nicknamed coach John Kuester — Sean Penn. Not because he is sleeping with Scarlett Johansson but as in “Dead Man Walking.”

Chauncey Billups wants to come back to the Knicks next season. He will, that’s not the real question. Whether he gets an extension beyond 2012 is the real question. Those talks are taking place.