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Did Shabazz Muhammad Deserve To Get Sent Home From The NBA’s Rookie Transition Program?

Submitted by on August 8, 2013 – 12:39 pmOne Comment
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Shabazz Muhammad is going to be a rookie in the NBA next season. And on Tuesday night, he reportedly made a rookie mistake. While attending the NBA Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey, the former UCLA star reportedly brought a female back to his hotel room. And that is not allowed to happen during the Rookie Program. It’s one of the many rules that the NBA passed along to the rookies who attended the program. So Muhammad was sent home from the program early, fined, and told to come back next year to attend the program with the 2014 rookies. So much for getting your NBA career off to a good start, eh?

A lot of people seem to disagree with the NBA sending Muhammad home, though. Even Matt Barnes, an NBA veteran, called it “BS.” My question: Why? On the one hand, I understand where a lot of people are coming from. They don’t think that Muhammad bringing a girl back to his hotel room is that big of a deal, because he didn’t break any laws by doing it. But regardless of that, he did break one of the rules that was set by the NBA. And all indications are that he did it at the start of the program. So it’s clear that he broke one of the program’s rules on purpose and didn’t think that he needed to follow it. So he deserves all of the punishment coming his way right now.

Was what Muhammad did really that bad? Hardly. As I said, he didn’t break the law or do any real damage to anyone here. So I don’t want to get on him too much. But contrary to popular belief, rules are not meant to be broken, and Muhammad needs to learn that immediately. The NBA is not high school or college, where being a good basketball player can keep you out of trouble. The NBA is a professional league full of guys who are expected to follow the rules laid out by the NBA. So even if you don’t like them or agree with them, you have to follow them—and Shabazz Muhammad just found that out the hard way. Maybe next year he’ll try and follow them a little more closely.

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