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Former Timberwolves veteran Shabazz Muhammad to reinforce Meralco

Delfin Dioquino
Former Timberwolves veteran Shabazz Muhammad to reinforce Meralco

PBA-BOUND. Shabazz Muhammad has big shoes to fill as Meralco import.

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The Meralco Bolts will bring in Shabazz Muhammad, who played five seasons in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Milwaukee Bucks

Meralco has tapped the services of a former NBA veteran for the PBA Reinforced Conference.

The Bolts will bring in Shabazz Muhammad as an import, as resident reinforcement Allen Durhan remains unavailable due to his commitment to the Japan B. League, head coach Norman Black confirmed.

“We felt he was the best player available when we were recruiting,” Black told Rappler through text message.

“He has shown the ability to score the ball and proved to be a good rebounder in his stint in China.”

Muhammad was picked 14th overall by the Utah Jazz in 2013 but he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night.

The 28-year-old suited up for the Timberwolves for five seasons before played his last few games in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks.

He has NBA career averages of 8.5 points and 2.8 rebounds.

In 2018, Muhammad headed to Asia and saw action in the Chinese Basketball Association, where he played for the Shanxi Brave Dragons and the Shenzhen Aviators.

Muhammad has big shoes to fill considering Durham, a three-time Best Import of the Conference, led Meralco to the Governors’ Cup finals thrice over his four stints with the team.

Durham is currently playing in the B. League for the Ryukyu Golden Kings. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.