Shabazz Muhammad’s image took a hit a few months ago when he pouted after a teammate hit a game-winning shot. He wanted the ball, he didn’t get it, whatever. He’s a 19-year-old kid who’s used to having the spotlight on the basketball court and someone else got the glory.
Wait, what’s that? He’s not 19?
According to an article from the L.A. Times, Shabazz Muhammad is actually 20 years old, which doesn’t sound like that big of a deal until you hear the explanation behind the confusion. It turns out his father, Ron Holmes, lied about Muhammad’s age so he would have a year on the competition as a child. That extra year gave Muhammad a head start on growing and developing throughout his youth, which made him stand out against the other kiddos.
But that’s not all Papa Holmes did to spark his son’s basketball career. Holmes told the L.A. Times he gave his children names that would be marketable worldwide, and he pushed them to work hard in sports from a young age. When the other teenagers were being teenagers, Shabazz traveled the country for camps and elite basketball training.
Holmes admits his life mission is to raise professional athletes. It’s working for him, but he isn’t winning anyone over with his methods.
It sounds like he attended the Marv Marinovich School of Parenting.