Russell Westbrook Is Underrated

I think it’s time.

It’s time we set aside our differences and bring this nation together, no more divide and conquer, no more pointless name-calling. We all need to agree that Russell Westbrook is the most dynamic player we’ve seen in recent NBA history.

Don’t get me wrong, Lebron is the second best overall player EVER, and is a physical specimen with the unrealistic career longevity of 1,000-year-old king tortoise.

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But, Westbrook is the most untenable in-game matchup problem in the league and has been that way since he set foot on the court – opposing coaches and players have ZERO chance to keep him in check.

Proof: Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for three straight seasons.

Let that sit in for a moment….go ahead, I’ll wait.

He’s the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for an entire season, and Brodie (Russ) has now reached the dubious honor three seasons in a row. Only four seasons in NBA HISTORY have ended with a player averaging a triple-double, count ’em up, rack ’em up – Russ has three out of those four to himself.

RANDOM STATS: Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals), during the 1961–62 season, averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists per game. Over the last three seasons, Russ has averaged 26.6 ppg, 10.5 apg, and 10.6 rpg on 43% from the field.

The eight-time All-Star hit another major individual career achievement on April 2nd, becoming just the second player in NBA history to have at least 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a single game. Wilt Chamberlain is the only other player to have a 20-20-20 game.

Chamberlain was a 7-footer in an era where 7-footers barely existed in all of humanity – he was literally (not literally) the first 7-foot player to be able to run, jump and chew gum at the same time. Wilt was the equivalent of the kid who hit his growth spurt before anyone else had hair in their special places. You know, that kid who was 6’1″ at age 12, with a deep voice and pimply-faced cheeks – while everyone else was 5’1″ and sounded like a flute.

Westbrook’s fiery demeanor and no bull-shit attitude is something that’s lacking in today’s NBA, we should be celebrating his game and appreciating every moment before it’s too late. We’ll never see a player like him again.

The NBA Off-Season Fraternity Battle

ESPN’s corporate stronghold on the sports reporting business is growing stronger and stronger by the second, even with massive budget cuts, overall revenues taking a dive recently and lay-offs of SEVERAL high ranking “analysits”.  ESPN as a brand is still going strong, replacing the popular and (occassionally overly) well-paid talking heads with younger unknown talking hairdos almost regularly.

One of the NBA mainstayers is Tom Haberstroh, an extremely knowledgable NBA beat-writer who I would guess has a lot of phone numbers in his cell’s contact list.  He’s probably so cool.

But even the greats can falter at times, like Tyson against Buster Douglas or Lebron James against Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan again, Tony Parker again, Kawhi Leonard, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry again, Klay Thompson again, Kevin Durant and of course Javale McGee.

The NBA preseason jibberish writing is of the fullest abundance currently, Mr. Haberstroh has briefly lost his way in an article posing the question of “Who’s the next Super Team?”.  After discussing the obvious (although not-probable) possibilitites: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers (big “IF” on this one) and San Antonio Spurs, the list became hilarious, ficticious and even more fleeting than Anthony Scaramucci.

Haberstroh writes:

Darkhorse: Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have essentially cleared the decks for the future. By trading Jimmy Butler and officially hitting the reset button on the Tom Thibodeau era, Chicago has only about $23 million in guaranteed contracts in 2018 and another $16.4 million in non-guaranteed money. Zach LaVine has a free agent cap hold at nearly $10 million, but the expectation here is they’ll wait on extension talks until they see his recovery from a torn ACL. That would be the smart move.

The Bulls should have $52 million in cap space next summer and a big-time market to lure free agents, but unlike L.A. and San Antonio, Chicago lacks a magnetic star like Kawhi or Lonzo. Maybe Kris DunnLauri Markkanen or LaVine can prove us wrong, but we’re not betting on a star rising in Chicago anytime soon.

Runner-up: Phoenix Suns

Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough knows what it takes to get this done. The 36-year-old was an assistant GM under Danny Ainge when they brought in Garnett and Allen in 2007. The chest is full of assets in Phoenix. The Suns have four top-10 picks on the roster who aren’t even of drinking age yet: Devin Booker (20 years old), Josh Jackson (20), Dragan Bender (19) and Marquese Chriss (20).

Not only that, the Suns have the Heat’s 2018 first-rounder (protected Nos. 1-7) and their unprotected 2021 first-rounder to toss in a deal, in addition to their own first-round picks going forward. Assuming the Suns don’t attach any of those long-term prizes in a deal for Kyrie Irving, the Suns are set to be prime candidates for a superteam via trade.

There’s no doubt that the Suns will be lurking in case a disgruntled star makes noise next season. Like Boston, the Suns figure to keep a close eye on New Orleans, but Kristaps PorzingisBlake Griffin and Klay Thompson are all names to watch down the line.

Dark horse: Philadelphia 76ers

The process is starting to turn into results. By signing JJ Redick and Amir Johnson to big one-year deals, Bryan Colangelo sent a clear message: overspend now but retain flexibility later. Philadelphia is set up for the future with $48 million in cap space to spend in 2018 while retaining a core of Markelle FultzBen SimmonsDario SaricJoel Embiid and Robert Covington (the latter two’s free-agent cap holds are factored in here).

Even with a max contract for Embiid, the 76ers would have $50 million in cap space for 2019 to go after Klay Thompson or Kevin Love. Of course, with all the young talent, they could flip their bundle of assets for ready-made stars, a la the 2008 Celtics. Colangelo isn’t shy about fast-tracking a contender. Remember, in Phoenix, Colangelo in 2004 signed a 30-year-old Steve Nash to pair with a 21-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire and a 23-year-old Joe Johnson. And the rest is history.

The next ’14 Warriors: Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have quietly built an offensive machine in Denver. Fact: After Nikola Jokic joined the starting lineup in Dec. 15, the Nuggets — not the KD edition of the Warriors, nor the LeBron-led Cavs — owned the NBA’s best offensive rating for the rest of the season (113.3 points pre 100 possessions). Yeah, that caught the rest of the NBA by surprise too.

And just like the Warriors, the Nuggets built an offensive juggernaut largely through the draft without needing a top-five pick. Like Draymond Green, Jokic was a gem found in the second round back in 2014. Talented guard Jamal Murray was the No. 7 selection in 2016, and Gary Harris was a sweet-shooting steal at No. 19 in 2014. Kenneth Faried was the No. 22 pick in 2011 during the Masai Ujiri regime.

Under the leadership of president Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas, the Nuggets have nailed their draft picks lately. And like Golden State a few years ago, they’ve begun adding from the outside. This summer, the Nuggets acquired their version of Andre Iguodala in Paul Millsap, a star team-first veteran who can anchor both sides of the floor.

And they may not be done. With some cap creativity, the Nuggets could have up to $45 million in cap space (good enough for a max player) to add to an already strong core of Millsap, Jokic, Murray and Harris. If Denver declines Jokic’s team option, he would join Harris in next summer’s restricted free-agent class, giving Denver more flexibility next summer.

So who would be the Nuggets’ KD? Don’t overlook Chris Paul as a target. Denver’s head honcho, Connelly, was the assistant GM in New Orleans in 2010 while Paul was there. And the Los Angeles Times reported that Denver was on Paul’s short list of planned free agency meetings this summer before Houston pried him away. No team may ever replicate the Warriors’ success through the draft, but Denver could have the best shot of anyone.

Runner-up: Milwaukee Bucks

This is another stud core built through the draft. Giannis AntetokounmpoJabari ParkerMalcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker were all Bucks’ selections, and only one (Parker) was a top-nine pick. (Milwaukee also traded for Khris Middleton after his rookie season in Detroit.) The Bucks have indeed hit the jackpot in the draft, but the Bucks’ “own the future” slogan could be soon running on fumes.

Look at the cap sheet and you’ll see that the Bucks in 2018 have $100 million in salary, just $2 million below the cap, thanks to some questionable long-term free agent signings in Mirza TeletovicMatthew Dellavedova and John Henson(an extension, technically). A tough question for the retooled front office will be whether to pay up for Parker after two ACL tears when he becomes a restricted free agent.

As of now, it seems as if the only way to build a superteam is from within. The Bucks could be a tax team next summer if Parker’s new contract commands a salary north of $20 million, limiting their options in free agency.

Still, if the core continues to develop like its has, the Bucks will be in prime position to take over the Eastern Conference when (if?) LeBron James heads West or begins to decline.

Dark horse: Sacramento Kings

Look, we can’t believe we’re mentioning Sacramento and Golden State in the same breath either. But the young core in Sacramento is tantalizing. Youngsters De’Aaron FoxBuddy HieldWillie Cauley-SteinSkal LabissiereJustin Jackson and Harry Giles represent a sky-high ceiling in Sacramento. With George HillZach Randolph and Vince Carter presenting some much-needed veteran infrastructure, the kids could bring trouble to the rest of the NBA in a few years.

We’re a long ways away from seeing if the Kings have something that resembles a playoff team, but the seeds have been planted. Look for the Kings to pounce in 2019 free agency with as much as $55 million in cap space with nine players under contract (all first- or second-round picks).

If they hit a couple home runs in the draft and manage the cap shrewdly, could they steal Klay Thompson in 2019? We like what’s brewing up the coast in Sacramento.

Even in Trump’s America, where an appointed communications director doesn’t last 10 days, I STILL never thought I’d see the words “Super Team” combined with Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and the real kicker: the Sacramento DAMNIT, NO Kings!

First to address the obvious:  No star worth his weight in gummy bears is purposefully going to Sacramento.  Sorry, it’s not happening.  In a league that’s built around multi-top tier players in order to compete, there’s just no shot at Sacramento luring a Golden God.  They’d have to build from within by drafting young talent, which I’ll admit openly: they’ve ve done well so far, on paper.  BUT in order to dethrone the Warriors, Spurs or future Lebron-Lakers 100% of the players drafted would have to come to fruition and contribute almost immediately.

Next up:  Ok, Chicago and Philly make a little more sense in a perfect, utopian basketball world where everything goes according to plan.  Chicago has a destination-pull for young talent as a city in general and now that they’ve parted ways with Jimmy Butler there is an opening for the alpha-dog position.  It makes sense that through a trade or free agency they could make a move in the next 2 years.  The same can be said for Philly, in addition to the amount of “potential” talent they already possess, not to mention the amount of cap space available.  Although, does anyone else get a Greg Oden-vibe about Joel Embiid?  Just sayin…

 

And lastly:  The Nuggets and Suns are both respectable mid-level franchises with pros and cons to playing in both locations.  Denver offers a great city life and a strong fanbase, as does Phoenix.  Both franchises have had mid-level success over the last 10 years, playoff appearances, some young talent, good moves and BAD moves by the front offices respecitvely.

From an objective viewpoint, all of these mentioned franchises (except Chicago and Philly) have relatively the same issues:  mid-level market, mid-level franchise with very little lure for big names and very little room for a strong playoff run due to road-blocks; The Spurs, The Warriors, The eventual Lebron to the Western Conference scenario, and not to mention The OKC Thunder.  Franchises like Denver, Phoenix and Sacramento are AT BEST a 5-seed in the West and more than likely eliminated in the first round.  Today’s NBA is the most robust version of AAU basketball we’ve ever seen, the top 10 players in the league have 99% of the pull when it comes to player movement and franchise-changing transactions.  This generation of superstar wants to be on the court with their high-level talented friends, and it takes 3 stars on a roster to even compete for the top spot in either conference.

Sidenote:  The Kyrie Irving situation in Cleveland.  I understand Kyrie’s desire to be “The Man”, but where and how is there any scenario that will be better than what he already has?  ANY team he goes to will have a lesser chance of making the NBA Finals!  Go ask Russell Westbrook how many “The Man” moments will make up for consistent first or second round exits in the playoffs for the next 5 years?  Winning is what matters, winning solves all problems.  And the major problem is that the NBA may as well be fraternity row right now, the biggest, richest house on campus (Golden State) has all the best parties, the most recognition and the most pledges knocking down the door to join.  Until Delta Delta Delta can figure out how to beat Alpha Beta at their own game, no one else stands a chance.

Annonymous NBA Front Office Executive:

When lovable nerds (name retracted) and (name retracted) embark on their freshman year at Adams College, little do they realize the dangers that await them. They are beset by taunting from the jocks of Alpha Beta fraternity, which only worsens when the jocks accidentally burn down their house and toss the freshmen out of the freshmen dorm. To make matters more problematic, (name retracted) develops a crush on pretty Betty Childs, popular sorority sister and quarterback’s girlfriend. Joined by the aptly named Booger and the violin-playing Poindexter, the nerds soon realize they must form their own fraternity in self-defense. Soon the tables are turned as the nerds employ high-tech warfare against the jocks…. but can they really succeed and make a difference?

 

 

Russell Westbrook Dunks Harder Than Most

Russell Westbrook attacks the rim with NONE f&@ks given.  No one on this planet gets to the rim with less interest for other people’s well-being than Russell Westbrook.  If you get in his way, you will become a floor burned carcass with a basketball jersey….and you’ll probably be on fire too.

Last night the Denver Nuggets got the blunt end of that particular spoon of dirty-sauce from Westbrook:

Make no mistake, the Nuggets are a bad basketball team, but somehow they sparked enough energy and managed to keep this game close, losing 110-104.  But honestly who really cares when Westbrook is dunking harder than a professional donuts-to-coffee-boyancey tester.  That’s what the fans wanna see, proved by the fact that the home-team Nuggets fans were cheering for Westbrook after each monstrous dunk.


***sidenote:  Oh, and Westbrook apparently hates the Nuggets’ mascot, Rocky, making us love his game even more.  COLD-BLOOOOOOOOODED:

NBA Highlights From Last Night That Will Make You Laugh, Cry and Cry Again.

The NBA is in full swing, going into the 4th week of mostly terrible, beginning of the season, all-star-game-quality-defense basketball, unless you’re a Golden State Warriors fan.  Damn they’re good.

Last night barraged us with several worthy highlights that would make the Top 10 and the NOT Top 10 lists.  He’s a quick overview:

–Normally I’d never discuss a Timberwolves @ Magic highlight for any reason other than horrific injuries or Yeti sightings.  But last night the two possible playoff 8-seeds had a game-winner scenario hit by the French-est of NBA Frenchman, Evan Fournier (don’t google the french meaning of his last name, I promise).

In my head as I watched this, Fournier screamed out, “RASBERRY CREPES!” when the ball went through the cylinder for the go-ahead bucket.


–Dallas Mavs @ Boston Celtics game last night, Kelly Olynyk pulled out a Dirk Nowitzki ON Dirk Nowitzki!

Olynyk looks like someone….but i can’t quite put my finger on who:

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–Toronto Raptors’ guard and dunk-machine, Demar DeRozen put the Utah Jazz’s posterized-big man, Rudy Gobert INTO THE BASKET with this ridiculous, man-hood reducing dunk last night:


–Dion Waiters of the OKC Thunder has a growing problem, missing wide open layups.  This happened last night as the OKC Thunder took on the New Orleans Hornets:

Dion did the same thing in January of last season:

And AGAIN last January:


 –The Phoenix Suns took on the Chicago Bulls in Chicago last night.  It was a solid, efficient, nothing-flashy kind of game on both sides with Chicago grinding out the win.  Jimmy Butler (killin it) finished with 32 points for the game, with 14 of them coming in the 4th quarter.  The REAL highlight is the fact that yet again, Derrick Rose is hurt and on the sideline, NOT in uniform for Chicago.  When is enough…..enough?  If you’re a Chicago fan, when do you break ties?  Sidenote:  Jimmy Butler is the best player on this team, he’s better than Derrick Rose now.  Deal with it.  

Who’s jumping ship on the Thunder’s chances?

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ESPN ranked the top point guards in the NBA a few weeks ago, with a sub-category of an MVP discussion, which spawned a lengthy rant-and-rave among the best basketball minds (sitting in my 10 foot radius) of our time about Russell Westbrook’s worth to OKC and weather or not the door is closing on the Thunder’s possibility of a championship.

First, let me preface this entire mouth-word-vomit by saying I’ve completely bought in to the “Russell Westbrook Experience” in Oklahoma City.  Like the ugly broken horse on a carousel that never ends, I’ve come full circle on Russ.  Three years ago, you couldn’t TELL me anything about Westbrook’s game that I didn’t have a negative rebuttal for:

  • “He’s the most athletic guard in the league”His shot selection is ridiculous and borderline criminal.
  • “He’s got that killer instinct and will win you games” – He’s more out of control than a drunken cheetah chasing a herd of gazelles, and he constantly let’s his emotions get the best of him.
  • “No one in the league can guard him” – If I see him look-off Durant and shoot an ill-advised pull-up 18 footer one more time……….

The point is, in the last 3-4 years Westbrook has finally figured out how to play WITH Durant and still be able to dominate the game WITHOUT necessarily dominating the ball.  Because of this learning curve that Westbrook has finally mastered, the Durant/Westbrook combo is the most unguardable 2-man game in the entire NBA (as Warrior fans scream Splash Brothers?). I’m not saying Westbrook is perfect by any means, but he’s a Walter White to Heisenberg character transition compared to what he was 5 seasons ago.

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Ladies and Gentleman, your 2016 Los Angeles Lakers?

But how could Westbrook’s emergence as a 2015 NBA MVP candidate (yet OKC isn’t in the playoffs) mean that OKC’s window is closing on a possible championship?  I’m posing the question, NOT attempting to answer it yet, so let’s examine………shall we?

  • The most glaring problem with OKC is that they can’t seem to ever stay completely healthy all at the same time.  Doesn’t it SEEM like the dynamic duo of Durant and Westbrook haven’t played an entire season with each other without injuries in a couple years?  It’s actually been since 2012-13 that they both played over 75 games together.  In fact they’ve only played over 90% of a full season together 4 times in their 7 year existence together.  Having said that, they HAVE been healthy together in the playoffs 4 out of the last 5 appearances.
  • Westbrook REALLY, REALLY wants to be the one and only top dog on a contending team.  Whether or not he’ll ever admit it (he won’t), I think it’s obvious he wants to be THE go-to-guy all the time no matter what, similar to James Harden, who left town in 2012-13.  The proof is in the pudding this season especially, without Durant this year he put on a show of triple-doubles, racking up 11 total for the season with a streak of 4 strait games of triple doubles that even Ice Cube would admit was amazing.  It felt like a giant Pedro Cerrano-type EFF YOU from Westbrook to the whole league, “EFF YOU JOBU, I’ll do it myself!”

  • The Thunder’s depth and bench play are a problem for them to contend with the likes of the Western Conference.  In Bench Efficiency, OKC ranks 12th overall in the league, BUT they’re behind the Spurs, Lakers, Warriors, Mavs, Grizzlies and Trailblazers; all teams they’ll be fighting with on a daily basis.
  •   The Thunder have a handful of young, but yet-to-figure-it-out role players that show very good upsides:  Enes Kanter, Steven Adams, Mitch McGary, Anthony Morrow, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb.  BUT, the first three names are all basically the same player at basically the same efficiency level (6’10”-7’0″ guys who are super RAW).  As are the last three names (6’5″-6’9″ guys who are super RAW), at the moment they are small-time contributors that are ultimately just weighing OKC down in the short term until they actually develop.  Dion Waters is the only somewhat consistent offensive player, but he doesn’t want anything to do with playing defense and is prone to jacking up terrible shots after dribbling the shot clock down below 5 seconds.  The Thunder are about 10 minutes away from tearing the club up, but it feels like a midget is hangin from their necklace.  It’s hard to dance with a midget hangin from your neck, even if it is 24-K Gold.

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The 2015 NBA Playoffs have opened in exciting fashion, well at least the Western Conference games have been exciting……not sure what I’m watching in that other conference.  Seriously, the Boston vs. Cleveland, Chicago vs. Milwaukee and Atlanta vs. Brooklyn series are the pre-party before the dinner party before the real party, while Toronto vs. Washington is a complete snooze-fest with less scoring than a quadriplegic ice hockey game.

But the one key ingredient missing this playoff season is the OKC Thunder’s presence, maybe we’ve just been spoiled getting to see them be a thorn in the side of the perennial Western Conference top guns for the last 5 seasons while Westbrook and Durant become more and more unguardable.  But Durant and Westbrook aren’t the only one’s who are pissed off about their absence from the playoffs, I’m stuck here watching the Uni-brow try and one-man-show his Pelicans towards an underdog “here’s a ribbon for participation” award  against Steph “MVP” Curry’s Warriors.  It’s fun, but going nowhere.

1385950973000-12-01-2013-Anthony-Davis1 OKC is looking at a possible overhaul in the off-season to try and make Durant and Westbrook happy, and I can’t wait to see what happens.  I think we all wanna see another Thunder vs. Lebron’s Current Team NBA championship again.

 

 

Russell Westbrook is Batman

OKC’s enigmatic, masked-vigilante, Point Guard, Russell Westbrook recorded his 5th triple-double in 6 games last night as the Thunder held off the pesky Great White North Dinosaurs (Toronto Raptors) 108-104.

With Kevin Durant out due to injury, OKC has completely handed the keys to the Ferrari over to Westbrook and he’s Ferris Bueller-ed his way to 100 mph EVERY SINGLE NIGHT since the All-Star break.

ferris-buellers-day-off-trio-ferrariSTAT O’ THE DAY:

Westbrook is averaging 34.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 11.4 assists since the All-Star break.

Raptors’ All-Star DeMar DeRozan on Westbrook: “If you can find somebody who has slowed him down, let me know. But it’s definitely tough. You’ve got to give him credit.”

Westbrook is leading the league in scoring at 27.4 ppg, fourth in assists at 8.3 apg. and second in PER (player efficiency rating) at 30.15 trailing only Anthony Davis (31.34).

Westbrook is filling up stat sheets with more ink than an octopus at a pen convention.  BOOM!

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Fire-Sale, New York Knicks edition

The Cleveland Cavs, New York Knicks and OKC Thunder pulled the trigger on a six-player trade Monday night.

As part of the deal, Dion Waters will go to the Thunder, J. R. Smith and Iman Shumpert go to the Cavs and three players with nonguaranteed contracts — Alex Kirk and Lou Amundson from the Cavs and Lance Thomas from the Thunder — to join the Knicks.

As part of the deal, the Thunder are sending a protected future first-round pick to the Cavs and the Cavs are sending their 2019 second-round pick to the Knicks.  The Thunder are also sending a protected 2015 first-round pick to Cleveland in the trade.

Got all that!?!?!?

nba_g_smith_b1_600x400Lastly, the Knicks waived center Samuel Dalembert a move that will save $3.8 million. In all, the moves to unload Shumpert, Smith and Dalembert will save the team more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes.

Phil Jackson is starting to clean house in New York, and as the Knicks continue getting their asses kicked every night, it couldn’t come fast enough for New York fans.  Phil’s emptying the trash and I would bet he’s still got a few moves up left his sleeve.

Former NBA player proves he’s the real “Walter White”

Over the weekend, former first round, 12th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft, Robert Swift was arrested and charged with un-lawfull possession of a short-barreled gun, possible involvement in heroin dealing (pending future investigations) AND for what I can only imagine, generally looking like a crazy person:

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2009 version of Robert Swift.

According to police, Swift had a grenade launcher and a sawed-off shotgun in his room at the home of Trygve Bjorkstam, a 54-year-old alleged heroin dealer.  Swift told law enforcement that he was a heroin user but not a dealer, police say. Bjorkstam allegedly told police Swift was not helping him sell drugs.

The house is 100 yards from an elementary school, reports SeattlePI.

Known to police as ‘Trigg,’ Bjorkstam admitted to dealing heroin and meth, and to building a gun range in a bunker he dug under his home to house a marijuana grow, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent said in court papers.

That video is a little over a year old, but the arrest for the gun possession and possible heroin dealing happened in the last few days.

For those who may not remember Robert Swift, he was a part of the last wave of high school seniors who jumped straight to the NBA before the league instituted age-limit rules. He was taken 12th overall by the Sonics in 2004 at age 18. He played five years in the NBA, averaging more than 20 minutes per game just once. He made $11.4 million before he fell out of the league in 2009.  Most recently he played in Japan in 2010-2011.

Rookie Year in 2004 to last year in the NBA 2009.

Rookie Year in 2004 to last year in the NBA 2009.

Heroin is a hell of a drug.

 

written by: Casey S. Gutting