For NBA rookies, it seems the rules aren’t made to be broken. This week Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Shabazz Muhammad was dismissed from the Rookie Transition Program after bringing a girl to his hotel room. The four-day program helps rookies transition to professional play and the league through a series of seminars, instructions and guest speakers. About 50 rookies or players are participating in the program which ends Friday.
According to USA Today Sports:
Just hours before Muhammad was sent home, players were given the rules for the program, which included no guests unless approved by program administrators. Muhammad, the No. 14 pick in the draft, will have to return next summer and complete the program with the 2014 draft class and others who have not yet attended.
This is not the first time Muhammad has had issues with integrity. At UCLA he lied about his age, saying he was 19 in stead of his actual 20 years of age. This, coupled with an underwhelming Summer League performance in Las Vegas, is not a good look.
On one hand, Muhammad broke a rule literally hours after learning about it. He’s young, but old enough to know better. He’s also old enough to be held accountable for his actions. On the other hand however, this rules comes from a league that doesn’t hold its vets to the same standard. With the amount of women, scandal and revolving doors of the current vets in the NBA, it’s not hard to see how and why Muhammad felt comfortable breaking the rule.
Still that’s no excuse. This is a hard lesson for him to learn, and it’s better he learn it early.
You can learn by living or by listening. It’s better to do the latter.
What do you think?
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