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Robert Swift
Robert Swift
Position: None
Born: 12/03/85
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:245 lbs. / 111.2 kg.
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The former Tokyo Apache center is rebuilding his once-troubled life, and basketball is a focal point of that transformation. And now, despite past injuries that sidelined him for long stretches and serious off-court problems, the No. 12 pick in the 2004 NBA Draft is plotting a comeback. Increasingly over the past year, Swift, a 216-cm product of Bakersfield (California) High School, has been focused on basketball — only basketball. “I want to play again,” Swift, now 30, told Hoop Scoop. “I’d love to play the game again, and training as hard as I have the last few months, I know I can still do it.”
By the way, Swift is a throwback to a different era. He embraces the old-school basketball tradition of a big man who anchors the middle and gets bumps and bruises along the way. This was evident watching him play from courtside for more than a dozen games for the Tokyo Apache’s abbreviated season. “Most teams want to copy the Golden State Warriors,” Swift told Hoop Scoop. “They want bigs to set screens and shoot from outside. Outside all the players now want to shoot 3s and make big plays. I like playing with my back to the basket. The more physical the better. It seems that now players don’t like to play physical, they want to shoot from the outside rather than get a few bruises during the game.”
One player he wishes he could have helped was Robert Swift, a dynamic 7-foot-1 center from Bakersfield, Calif., who in 2004 was picked No. 12 in the first round by Seattle. “I really liked that kid,” Ainge says. “I often wonder, I still believe to this day, no one will be able to convince me that Robert Swift wasn’t going to be a dynamic NBA player. And in a different environment in a different setting, if he stays healthy …” Swift played 97 NBA games in four seasons before his release by Oklahoma City in 2009. Last year, following his arrest on a gun charge, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer summed up Swift’s story in a way that made Ainge’s heart sink: King County prosecutors describe Swift, 28, as a heavily armed heroin addict who admitted to helping his drug dealer-turned-roommate collect a drug debt. “It’s a sad story,” Ainge says. “We will never know …”
Former NBA player Robert Swift pleaded not guilty Monday in Seattle at his arraignment on a charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. The King County prosecutor’s office says he remains in jail with bail set at $20,000. Swift was arrested last Tuesday along with another man suspected of attempting to break into a home in Gold Bar. Swift was wanted for failing to show at a court hearing in November involving a shotgun found in an October raid on a home in Kirkland where he was living. His roommate was charged with drug offenses.