This is not about basketball. This is about a phenomenon.
Shabazz Muhammad is a basketball player. Hes a good one, a likely first-round pick in Junes NBA Draft. He has his flaws, of course, his size and his lack of defense and the rumored teamwork issues.
Even so, hell be a first-round pick.
Which leads us to the Shabazz Muhammad Im concerned with here. Not the basketball player. The phenomenon.
On Thursday, not even three months after Muhammad aged a year in the course of a day thanks to the L.A. Times discovery of his birth certificate, another wrinkle emerged in the story of the former UCLA swingman. His father, Ron Holmes, was charged with fraud.
Thats the same father who at first denied that Muhammad was 20, not 19, until he realized his case was sunk and admitted it. Hes the one who engineered the lie about the age, after all, the one whos been treating his son as a basketball commodity to be marketed and promoted since Muhammad was a child.
Hes the one responsible for ...