|Shabazz Muhammad is for the kids. (via his official Twitter account)|
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To avoid the gruesome, the worst reason for being kicked out of the program would have to do with being coerced by an active player speaking to the rookies. Whether drugs or the fairer sex were involved, the situation's largest blemish would be the involvement of someone entrusted by the Association to warn the rookies of potential dangers in the life of a professional athlete. The rookie(s) dismissal would be a subplot to the public relations fiasco of an older player — one who should know better, by all accounts — swaying a freshly minted NBA draftee into an act that would have him removed from an official program.
The best reason for conceivably being removed from the program would involve numerous women, excessive bottles of champagne, and adding gobs and gobs of bubble bath material to a jacuzzi, causing a massive overflow that spreads into the hallways and congests traffic throughout the entire floor. Bonus points for happening in a room on the first floor and making any unassuming lobby guest a very confused patron.
Getting kicked out of the Rookie Transition Program for any reason is inexcusable. Did nobody watch ESPN's special on broke athletes? The NBA is trying to help their future athletes through this program, so to be sent home? Incredibly disrespectful to the league that will soon be giving you a few million dollars.
However, if there was a "good" way to get kicked out Shabazz picked it. So maybe he did pick a beautiful lady over his job, but I think it's something everyone can relate to.
First off, for those of you who are gamblers, Muhammad had to be the clear favorite to be kicked out of the rookie transition program, with odds as low as 4/1. If a player is going to be kicked out of the program, he better go all out. It only lasts four days, so if a player gets kicked out for something minor that he could have easily waited for, then it looks sad. Muhammad will have to complete the program next year, and will face a fine, so a worst reason for having to suffer those consequences were if the not-allowed woman was a family member just visiting or if Muhammad missed a curfew (I'm not sure if they have curfews, just an example) for running out to buy allergy medicine. He can't be expected to think about basketball with itchy eyes. If he's going to break a rule, get something more out of it than allergy medicine.
If a player is going to suffer those consequences, make it worth it. He needs to say, "This sucks I have to do this again, but that was a hell of a time." Muhammad should have gotten a rapper who happen to be in the area, maybe Drake or Nas, to have a private concert in his room. He could have flown in the Minnesota Timberwolves dance team and mascot to come celebrate with him and don't even try to be sneaky about it. Go ahead and invite all the other rookies, veteran players there to speak to them and members of the NBA who are running the program. When the NBA officials go into the room to stop the party, they find the mascot working as a bouncer and asking for a $20 cover, Drake is in the middle of his song "Hold On We're Going Home," the dancers have turned the room into a rave and Muhammad is sitting around a table gambling with three businessmen and loses the his third-year salary and Flip Saunders' car in a bet.
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