Just over a year ago, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Shabazz Muhammad was thought to be a top NBA prospect. But during that year span, character questions along with iffy play resulted in Muhammad’s draft stock falling which landed him out of the NBA lottery.
Sacramento Kings rookie guard Ben McLemore, who also is aware of slipping draft stock took part in the annual NBA rookie program with Muhammad where the T’Wolves rookie was sent home early for breaking the rules.
That didn’t sit well with McLemore, who was clearly disappointed in his rookie counterpart.
Shabazz Muhammad of the Minnesota Timberwolves was actually dismissed from the program for violating a rule and allegedly bringing a female guest into his hotel room.
“Very disappointing,” McLemore said, asked his reaction. “After they (were) telling us the rules, what not to do, for him to do that … it’s just unbelievable after they just explained the different rules to us.
“Hopefully he’ll learn from his mistakes. Hopefully that won’t stop him from being the basketball player who he is, just keep playing, going with his career.”
In fairness to McLemore, it almost sounded like a trap question – what’s he supposed to say? Muhammad did well to get tossed from the program? It sounds as if he was just being honest to a somewhat odd and unsuspected question which had little to do with his camp, the University of Kansas or the Sacramento Kings.