HoopsHype Robert Swift rumors

November 27, 2014 Updates

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. Seattle Times

November 16, 2014 Updates

Hill said the Knicks and Celtics wanted to bring Swift in for a workout when he returned to the States and then the league lockout occurred, wiping out the NBA summer leagues and postponing league activity for six months. “I guarantee he would have made one of those teams,” Hill said. “He was blocking shots and running the floor and rebounding, getting to the foul line. He was having fun playing basketball again. It was fun to watch. That’s a sad story. The whole story is really sad.” Boston Globe

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.” Boston Globe

November 14, 2014 Updates

Former Seattle Sonic Robert Swift has been charged with a gun crime one month after police claim to have seized drugs, guns and a grenade launcher from the Kirkland home where he was living. 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. That man, 54-year-old Trygve Bjorkstam, is currently facing federal drug and gun charges. KOMO

November 13, 2014 Updates

Former Seattle Sonic Robert Swift has been charged with a gun crime one month after police claim to have seized drugs, guns and a grenade launcher from the Kirkland home where he was living. 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. That man, 54-year-old Trygve Bjorkstam, is currently facing federal drug and gun charges. Investigators contend a military-style grenade launcher and sawed-off shotgun were seized from Swift's bedroom during an Oct. 4 raid on Bjorkstam's Kirkland home, located 100 yards from an elementary school. Swift was charged Thursday with unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun. Accused of amassing an 18-gun arsenal to protect his drug business, Bjorkstam is said to have defended Swift to police, describing him as a "good guy" who helped him try to collect a heroin debt but did not deal drugs himself. KOMO

May 28, 2014 Updates
March 11, 2013 Updates

The fallen basketball star who fled his filthy foreclosed home joined the NBA straight out of high school after his parents appeared to ‘fall into the trap of chasing the money’, his former high school basketball coach claimed today. Gino Lacava believes Bruce and Rhonda Swift were influenced by the $4.4m offer Seattle Sonics made for their son Robert even though he was just 18. Daily Mail

And in a blunt assessment of Robert’s life now he said: ‘He is 27 and he’s broke. Mentor: Lacava said that at 17 he knew that Swift 'had what it takes' for the NBA ‘He was a millionaire and he’s broke and he has 50 years of his life to try and make ends meet... ‘...I feel horrible for him’. Robert was forced to leave his $1.4m home in Sammamish, WA, just over a week ago because he owed $168,000 on his mortgage despite earning $20m during his career, Daily Mail

Another factor was his parents who Mr Lacava described as ‘middle class at best’ and ‘not well to do by any means’. Bruce, 50, is an air conditioning mechanic. His mother Rhonda is 57. Mr Lacava said: ‘I honestly think the parents did want him to go to the NBA. ‘They got tied in with these AAU coaches who were constantly throwing around free offers and shoes and all the money and I think to them...it seemed like free money. Daily Mail

He finished his playing days in Japan, but Mr Lacava said that he could still be out there on the court if he got into shape. Robert’s exact whereabouts are now unknown but he is thought to be staying with friends in the Seattle area. He has grown distant from his family and his little sister Samantha, 21 has resorted to watching the TV news to find out what is happening in his life. Daily Mail

March 5, 2013 Updates

Two weeks ago we relayed a story out of Seattle concerning former SuperSonics center Robert Swift. Swift, out of professional basketball despite being in the same high school and NBA draft class as Dwight Howard, refused to leave his foreclosed-upon mansion, barricading himself in a home strewn with beer cans, tacky paraphernalia, and Chevrolet El Caminos with missing engines. The best case scenario, considering the visible bullet holes and preponderance of beer empties, has come true. Swift has left the house, and it didn’t take some alcohol-inspired shootout to pull him out. The best case scenario is still pretty nasty, though. Watch, courtesy of KOMO: Yahoo! Sports

The house was owned by former Seattle Sonic and first round pick Robert Swift. He lost the home to foreclosure last year. The Dalzells bought it, but Swift has been living in it ever since. "He never came to the door, he never talked to any of us. We came multiple times. We sent him letters. We left him letters," Ko-Dalzell said. At some point this past weekend, Swift and others moved out of the home. The Dalzells had their first full look inside Monday. "It was a shocker. It was definitely a shocker," Eric said. KOMO

Animal feces clogs the deck. Walls are punched out on different levels of the house. One even has an autograph. Pizza boxes and beer bottles are piled on the kitchen granite. Multiple guns were found in the home. Some appear to be air guns, but live ammo was also found. Dalzell said they also found a handgun. A makeshift shooting range is in the basement storage area. Eric Dalzell said load-bearing beams have graze marks from bullets, and part of the home's foundation appeared to stop some of the slugs. A box of letters from colleges around the nation sat pushed against a downstairs wall. It looked like another trash box. Crests and logos of UCLA, Arizona, UConn and others are jammed together as untold memories of what could have been for Swift. KOMO

February 22, 2013 Updates

Cans of beer dot the grass outside the home. A bullet hole pierced the garage window at some point. "Cars that don't look like they've moved in a long time," she noted. Water festers in buckets outside of what was once a million dollar home in a wealthy Eastside suburb. "And found out who the lovely, previous owner was," the owner said. KOMO

KOMO News tried to speak with Swift on Wednesday, and a woman who said she was his girlfriend said he couldn't come out because he was sleeping. The new owner has gone to court and, according to records, Swift has gone past his grace period to leave. He has one final deadline at the end of the month. After that, he faces possible eviction by force. "He will have to respond to the sheriff I'm sure," the new owner said. KOMO

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