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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.
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 …”
via NBA.com
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.
via USA Today Sports
A $20,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday morning for former Sonic Robert Swift after he failed to show up in King County Superior Court for his arraignment on a firearms charge. Swift, 29, was charged Nov. 12 withunlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun in connection with an October raid of a Kirkland home where Swift was living with his roommate, accused heroin and meth dealer Trugve “Trigg” Bjorkstam, court records show. Bjorkstam, 54, was charged with drug offenses in both state and federal court.
via Seattle Times
While Swift attempted to work himself into a productive NBA player, he was nothing more than a backup center. Former Sonics coach Bob Hill, who was then coaching in Japan, gave Swift a lifeline, and for a while he took advantage. “Robert lost like 70 pounds over there,” Hill said. “I was training some players down in Dallas when I told him what I was going to do, and if he wanted to go I would take him [to Japan]. It was an opportunity for him to get back in shape and maybe get back in the NBA again because he was still young.”
via Boston Globe