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Michael Sweetney's fall from Knicks savior to Puerto Rico

Apr 6, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

There was a time when some of the Knicks fan base — some smart parts of the Knicks fan base — were high on Michael Sweetney. He looked good in limited minutes, he needed more burn. He got his chance. And…

Now he’s in Puerto Rico, having left the D-League.

Sweetney has signed with Cangrejeros de Santurce according to Sportando (who follows these things). Sweetney had played in the D-League over the weekend, putting up a double-double of 10 and 10 for the Erie Bay Hawks.

The Knicks drafted Sweetney ninth overall in 2003 out of Georgetown, and he had some potential as a scorer and rebounder. In his rookie year he had a PER of 17.2 (above the league average of 15) and the next season it was 16.4. There were moments you thought he could be a good player in the league. But the man got fat. Not on success, I mean literally. He ate his way out of the league (but if you’re going to do that, New York is the place). His numbers dropped amid questions about his work ethic and conditioning. He went on to play for the Bulls for a couple years, but when teams could let him go, they did.

Now, a very gifted player has taken his game to the island. And not Manhattan Island.

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