So Shabazz Muhammad was apparently at 235 lbs during his debut against Georgetown. He is now down to 222. The OC Register has some interesting comments and tidbits about Muhammad's physical conditioning to start the season:
"You can see it in him compared to three weeks ago," Howland said. "He's in better physical condition. You can see his body; he's lost a few pounds."
Muhammad didn't start his current regimen, which focuses on changing his diet, until around last week. But just in that span, he's already lost nearly 10 pounds. Of course, that routine includes a lot of conditioning as well, but Muhammad specifically lauded his new diet of mostly salads and a lot of water - a drastic change, he said, even if he has to give up Skittles and In-N-Out, his two choice vices.
In high school, keeping in shape had never been a problem for Muhammad, given that his parents made sure to monitor his diet. But in Westwood, without that supervision, being responsible about his diet became significantly less important - something he's clearly trying to change.
"It's completely new," Muhammad said. "Ever since I've been on my own in college, you can eat whatever you want. I think that's just a maturity thing. ... It's really taken me a long way."
Hmm. I wonder why is this happening now? Was anyone in the coaching staff working him on this late summer or early Fall? While Shabazz was ineligible to practice, I am not sure if there was any restriction on UCLA coaches to make sure he was motivated and taking care of himself?
Lot of folks could tell he wasn't in shape and yet he just started to get on his new regimen just a week ago? Was anyone in the coaching staff paying any attention or communicating with Shabazz on what the heck was going on?
Something seems off. Once again some will say this may have been a case of a kid not being as motivated as he should be. But on the other side is we have a head coach and a staff who usually has no clue what is going on with the players in their program.