Flip Saunders has bobos and homies in the local media — just accept it’s a major reason why he got the job as Wolves General Manager and move on. It’s Glen Taylor’s world Wolves fans live in. The results are things like yesterday’s conversation with Dan Bario of KFAN and his otherwise casual mention of Shabazz Muhammad’s NBA Rookie Bootcamp dismissal and possible repercussions.
“In our league, you have to be disciplined and being ‘disciplined’ is being able to adhere to whatever rules are given and you gotta abide by the rules,” Saunders said on the local radio host’s show. “So that’s been disappointing. But when I talk to him, he’s either gonna learn the rules and learn to abide by things with the big boys or he’s gonna really quick learn a geography class: where Des Moines is in the NBDL down in Iowa.”
Oh, boy. Here we go with “our league” again. Yeah, that’s actually not so casual. That’s kind of fake-fatherly disciplinary stuff.
I actually think the D-League would be a great place for Shabazz to start and learn some cutthroatness and desperation, but first round picks get paid and probably stick around the big club, save any major incidents — and let’s be clear, having a female to your room is not a major incident worth getting sent home for. It’s more like a warnable offense. The Mario Chalmers, Darrel Arthur, Mike Beasley and weed issue was a significantly larger infraction and the digital ink spilled over Shabazz shouldn’t touch that, because — again — this should be a stern warning situation.
So I suppose you could say Flip’s comments were proportional, if not a bit curiously strong.