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Mike Sweetney
Free agent
Power forward/center
Born October 25, 1982 (1982-10-25) (age 27)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
High school Oxon Hill
College Georgetown
Draft 9th overall, 2003
New York Knicks
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams New York Knicks (2003-2005)
Chicago Bulls (2005-2007)

Michael 'Mike' Damien Sweetney (born October 25, 1982 in Washington, D.C.) is an American professional basketball player, in the power forward/center position.

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High school/college career

Sweetney went to Oxon Hill for high school, where he was named Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year. He continued the tradition of highly skilled big men at Georgetown University, averaging 18.2 points while shooting nearly 55% over his three-year collegiate career. He was especially dominant over his junior year, in which he was named Honorable Mention All-America by AP, as well as being a Naismith College Player of the Year finalist and a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award.

That year, Sweetney was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 20 in scoring and rebounding. Despite playing only three seasons, he ranks seventh on Georgetown's career scoring list (1,750), fifth in rebounds (887) and sixth in blocks (180).

Professional career

Sweetney was by selected by the New York Knicks with the 9th overall pick, in the 2003 NBA Draft. After a two-year stint with only 42 regular season contests in his rookie year, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls on October 4, 2005, alongside Tim Thomas and Jermaine Jackson, for Eddy Curry and Antonio Davis.[1]

Sweetney has also battled weight issues throughout his life and career. It was reported in The Chicago Tribune that, if Sweetney did not lose a certain amount of weight, his career could be in danger.[2]From 2007-09, he failed to make a single appearance.

In the summer of 2009 he played with the Boston Celtics summer league team. He was invited to attend training camp in October 2009 to try out with the Celtics and attempt to resume an NBA career. He was waived on October 22.[3]

References

  1. ^ Bulls re-sign Curry, complete sign-and-trade with Knicks; NBA.com, 4 October 2005
  2. ^ Sam Smith (2006-12-06). "Ask Sam Smith". ChicagoSports.com. http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/askthewriter/cs-061206asksamsmith,1,5421347.story?coll=cs-bulls-ask-headlines.  
  3. ^ Celtics Waive Michael Sweetney

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