Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Early last week Shabazz Muhammad was booted from the rookie transition program after breaking a rule just hours after the rules were discussed. You can find the full story here on HOWL: Shabazz Breaks A Rule.
Flip Saunders has made it clear that there'll be a lack of patience for that type of behavior and lack of discipline.
"In our League, you have to be disciplined and being disciplined is being able to adhere to whatever rules are given and you gotta abide by the rules. So that's been disappointing, but when I talk to him, he's either gonna learn the rules and learn to abide by things with the big boys or he's gonna quickly learn a geography class: where Des Moines is in the NBDL down in Iowa."
Yesterday morning, Flip added this via Twitter...
Darren Wolfson (of 1500 ESPN) talked with Kevin Martin last week and K-Mart told him that he would definitely be Muhammad's #1 mentor this season. When Martin came into the League, Doug Christie and Cuttino Mobley took Martin under their 'wings' and taught him how to play at the NBA-level and be a professional in a professional league. It sounds as though the 30-year-old will be doing the same with this young rookie.
Muhammad will definitely have some good mentors on this team. Martin can provide him with veteran leadership and Corey Brewer can teach defensive intensity and defending at an NBA-level. You've also got to think that unquestioned team leaders Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love will have very little patience for Shabazz's hero-ball mentality and with that, Muhammad will hopefully learn early that if he wants to stick in this League and be a major part of Minnesota's rotation, he'll learn the rules quickly and abide by them daily.
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