LAS VEGAS -- Climb up through the lower bowl of the Thomas & Mack Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, and every audible conversation is about one 20-year-old rookie in electric yellow shoes.
"He played at UCLA."
"... the one who lied about his age."
"... in high school here in Vegas."
"How do you pronounce it? Shabaaazz? Shabaaahhhzz?"
You know whom they're talking about, even without that pronunciation debate. You know it's Shabazz Muhammad, the Timberwolves' pick in the 2013 draft. He's a local attraction after attending high school at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, and this is where the hype machine began. This is where the construct that is Muhammad the NBA star was born.
Since he was drafted 14th overall on June 27, Muhammad's message has been that he's going to prove the doubters wrong. His year of college failed to live up to the hype of his high school lore, and add in that trumped up age he was listed as a year younger than he actually is and the whole thing lo...