4. He destroys fools in NBA 2K11.
The cool thing about sports video games is that people with too much time on their hands can change the fabric of the NBA. Here, you get to see what would have happened if Robert Swift had panned out. Lightning fast pump fakes, steals at mid-court for fast breaks, and spinning fadeaway threes that swish the net. Gotta love it.
3. He was "showing upside" back in 2008.
"Underneath the flop-top red hair and all those tattoos lies a talented basketball player within Robert Swift.
This must be true, or why else would the Thunder be clinging to this great unknown?
Swift is remarkably agile for someone who stands 7-foot-1 and weighs 270 pounds, which are the primary reasons he occupies an NBA roster.
"Mobile guys that size are hard to find," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said of Swift, the No. 12 overall selection in the 2004 draft as a McDonald’s All-American out of Bakersfield (Calif.) High School. "He knows how to play. He has a good feel for the game. He had a real strong showing in high school prior to getting drafted."
Chris "Birdman" Andersen quickly became a fan favorite and the unofficial mascot of the Hornets during his brief stint in Oklahoma City.
Swift could serve as the Thunder’s mascot until the team’s front office actually produces one itself.
Andersen and Swift are undeniably likeable, which is why you don’t judge a book by its cover.
Teammates embrace Swift, and while it’s nice to be nice to the nice, does Swift truly belong in the NBA?"
2. He's a superstar in Japan!
1. He Goes For Walks to Get Tattoos
"Swift told me that, with his mother by his side, he attempted to get his first tattoo at around 16 years old. Swift recalled his mother willing to sign any paperwork necessary to allow her underage son to get his ink.
"They said, "No, you’ve got to wait until you’re 18,’" Swift remembered. "So it’s one of those things I always wanted it."
Swift sat down for his first tat shortly after being drafted by the Sonics in 2004.
"I just ended up just walking one day, literally going for a walk because I lived in downtown Seattle my rookie year, and I walked in front of a tattoo shop and went in," Swift recalled.
After 154 hours of tattoo work — the intertwined designs make it impossible to count each tat separately – Swift said his image soon became a talking point, for better or for worse.
"I got the same thing in Seattle," Swift said. "People hated it, didn’t like it. It was the same thing as it is here. People either hated it or loved it.""