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Michael Sweetney’s put on a few pounds


Its not difficult to figure out why Michael Sweetney’s career floundered.

A hefty, 6-8 power forward at Georgetown, Sweetney was simply never able to keep the weight off once he reached the professional level. It’s why, despite being the No. 9 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft Sweetney only managed to hang around the NBA for four years before eventually getting dispatched to professional basketball’s minor leagues.

That picture to the right made the rounds on twitter last night, and it’s sad to see the shape that Sweetney is currently in. (This was him at Georgetown.)

What’s makes this even more depressing, particularly for Georgetown fans who loved Sweetney when he was a Hoya, is that even with all that additional weight, he was invited to training camp with the Boston Celtics this year.

I’m not one to make fun of folks with weight and/or eating problems. An addiction to food is a serious problem, so I’ll leave the snark to someone else in this case. But I will say this: am I the only one that sees the irony in the Knicks getting rid of Sweetney because of weight problems and trading him for, in part, Eddy Curry?

(h/t @JohnnyNBA for the embedded image of Sweetney)

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.