Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/3/13
His team’s most acclaimed player almost all his life NBA rookie Shabazz Muhammad now finds himself well down the Timberwolves’ order of possibilities so much so that a player formerly infatuated with scoring has used training camp’s first two days accomplishing the little things instead. That includes trying to prove he’s the best offensive rebounder on a team with Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic who aren’t too bad at that themselves. Even his old-school coach who’s not easily swayed by rookies sounded impressed after two days. “He really goes to the offensive boards” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said after Wednesday’s second consecutive three-hour-plus practice. “He pounds people in there. “Young guys they’ve got to know they have to play hard and impose their will where their strengths are and he has been doing that the first two days. He has played very hard. He has come in and he’s competed.” Muhammad 20 made himself one of the nation’s top two prep recruits by overpowering smaller younger opponents as a 6-6 power forward on his way to averaging nearly 30 points a game for a Las Vegas high school. Now less than four months after he became the most polarizing player in the NBA’s June draft he’s out to reinvent himself as a first-time pro on a team that’s built around Love Pekovic Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin. “I think I’ll find my identity out there” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “I’m just trying to be one of the hardest workers out there. Being a rookie that’s what you have to do and that’s what is expected of you. This is a great team. Kevin and Pek and all those guys are going to score most of the points. I understand that. I’m just going to try to rebound the ball and find my points cleaning up their work.” Granted it’s still so very early but it’s a start for a guy who mentioned he’s most focused on bringing energy to his team and a reporter immediately pointed out that Energy is the name of the Wolves’ D-League affiliate. He will not find his way in the NBA as a rookie by being a one-dimensional player focused on himself a knock he refused during his first and only season at UCLA a year ago. He knows it. “I’ve always been a tenacious rebounder” Muhammad said. “That’s one thing I love to do and that can help our team out a lot.”
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