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April 12, 2011 Updates
April 11, 2011 Updates

Camby’s absence forced the Blazers to go with a small starting unit, with LaMarcus Aldridge playing center and Gerald Wallace at power forward. The Blazers’ only other true inside player is rookie Chris Johnson. The team apparently took a step to address that inside shortage, holding a workout involving three post players with NBA experience. They include Robert Swift, who played for Blazers coach Nate McMillan with the Seattle SuperSonics; Earl Barron, who played three seasons for Miami and has also had stints with New York, Phoenix and Milwaukee; and Dwayne Jones, who played for Cleveland, Boston, Charlotte and Phoenix. Oregonian

April 1, 2011 Updates
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The Tokyo Apache's season isn't officially over, but the team's American players and head coach, Bob Hill, were busy making plans to leave the country as soon as possible, The Japan Times has learned. With the uncertainty of widespread health risks due to the Fukushima nuclear plant's radiation leak problems in the aftermath of Friday's devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, the Apache's foreign personnel, including Hill, general manager Conor Neu and players Robert Swift (ex-NBA center), Mike Chappell, Justin Johnson, Jeremy Tyler (teenage NBA prospect and projected second-round draft pick), Byron Eaton and Darin Satoshi Maki were on the verge of leaving the country as of press time on Wednesday afternoon. Japan Times

Neu, however, said things are still up in the air. "I'm told the league will make a decision and announce an official statement soon and we're waiting for that," he said. "As with the rest of the country, plans change hourly. The team is still in Tokyo at the moment, although we canceled practice today as we make decisions on what to do." Japan Times

In a number of e-mails and interviews with league sources in recent days, it's become clear that numerous imports from other bj-league teams have discussed or are considered leaving Japan in fear of more natural disasters and health risks. For a league with nearly 35 percent of its players coming from overseas, a mass exodus of players — and possibly foreign head coaches L.J. Hepp (Oita HeatDevils), Zeljko Pavlicevic (Shimane Susanoo Magic), Bob Nash (Saitama Broncos) and Bob Pierce (Akita Northern Happinets) — would compound this unforeseen chain of events. Japan Times

January 20, 2011 Updates

In 2004, Swift joined the Seattle SuperSonics straight out of high school in Bakersfield, California, when the Sonics made him the 12th overall pick in the first round of the draft. Passing up an opportunity to play college ball at USC, Swift became the first player of Caucasian or Asian descent to join the NBA out of high school. (In 2006, the NBA changed its draft rules, prohibiting players from jumping from high school directly into the world's top basketball league.) "Personally, yes, I'm definitely glad (I skipped college and turned pro out of high school)," Swift said. "It's been hard, but I made it work. Now that I think about it, I don't want to say I agree with the (new draft NBA) rule, but lately I'm starting to favor it a little bit more, just because there are a lot of things that I wanted to do that I didn't coming out of high school--get a degree, study certain things. But it worked out for me." asahi.com

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