Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Shabazz Muhammad was looking to work on developing his game at the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program this week as he nears the start of his first NBA season. USA Today Sports is reporting that Muhammad will have to wait until 2014 to complete the program, as he has been sent home for violating a rule.
A person who spoke under the condition of anonymity told USA Today that Muhammad brought a female guest into his hotel room on Tuesday evening. Just hours prior to being kicked out, he and nearly 50 other rookies had been read a list of rules for the program. One of the rules stated that players are not allowed to have guests unless they are approved by program administrators.
The Rookie Transition Program is a four-day course that introduces rookies to life in the NBA with customized seminars and guest speakers. It ends on Friday. The Timberwolves can’t be pleased with Muhammad, as he will be missing out on valuable information that he will have to wait until next year to gather.
Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were sent home from the program in 2008 after administrators smelled marijuana and discovered women in their hotel room. They were fined $20,000 each, and Muhammad is also expected to have to pay a fine for his failure to complete the program.