Shabazz Muhammad's rocky transition

Shabazz Muhammad's rocky transition
August 7, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Among the reasons why teams liked Otto Porter high in the NBA Draft - outside of his defensive knack and stellar hoops instincts - no drama. No drama on the court based on his two years with Georgetown, no drama off the court as far as we know and certainly not from an investigative journalism kind of way.

Meanwhile, Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad's stock plummeted after entering college as arguably the nation's top freshman in large part to constant fuss. That trend continues.

The former UCLA product was kicked out of the NBA's Rookie Transition Program for a rules violation, USA Today reported. The rule? Bringing a female guest into his hotel room Tuesday evening. Timberwolves team president and former Wizards head coach Flip Saunders later said in a statement that the team "will abide by the league's actions." 

Wizards rookies Porter and Glen Rice Jr. are attending the four-day event in New Jersey.

As ProBasketballTalk notes, players in previous years were booted from the program for marijuana and females guests. In the grand scheme of things, the offense appears minor. Then again, coming off a rocky season at UCLA, Muhammad really didn't need to draw any more negative attention his way. Oh, for those unaware, the program Muhammad was booted from is designed to help rookies adjust to the NBA life. 

When it appeared the Wizards might pick in the 8-9 range in round one, Muhammad seemed like a possible target for a team seeking more perimeter bench scoring. Obviously, Washington moved up to three and took Porter, while Muhammad slipped to 14 and eventually landed with Minnesota. We'll see how their respective careers unfold, but considering how the Wizards reshaped their culture, it's hard imagining them taking the UCLA swingman even had they remained with a mid-lottery pick. It's not hard imagining the hand ringing that would be taking place on this day inside the Beltway had Washington taken Muhammad.

After a shaky showing during the Las Vegas Summer League, Porter has work to do before the regular season begins in late October, but the same can be said of every rookie in one or another. As far as this program, Porter's primary issues appear to be finding a seat in the cafeteria and being overly excited about something on Rice's laptop. Adorable.