NBA Draft 2013: Shabazz Muhammad explains his late entrance

Mike Stobe

Shabazz Muhammad was late to his appearance at the NBA Draft but didn't want to miss an opportunity to shake David Stern's hand during his last NBA Draft as commissioner.

Shabazz Muhammad was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 14 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft but was not in the building to take the stage and shake NBA commissioner David Stern's hand. Initially, that is.

After Stern announced the Chicago Bulls selection of Tony Snell he revealed that Muhammad was ready to make his way to the stage. In a case of "better late than never", Muhammad appeared on stage seemingly out of nowhere, which you can see in the GIF below:

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So why did Muhammad decide to show up despite missing his moment? He wanted to shake Stern's hand during his final time serving as commissioner during the draft and called it "special," according to ESPN True Hoop's Henry Abbott. Shaking Stern's hand as a first-round draft pick has become an iconic moment for freshly drafted players and Muhammad made it in time for his "special" moment with Stern.

Muhammad fell to the Timberwolves after entering his first and only season with the UCLA Bruins as one of the top freshman prospects. Now, he joins fellow UCLA alum Kevin Love in Minnesota.

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