The Bakersfield Jam coaching staff thinks Robert Swift's career with the team is over.
After Bakersfield fell to 0-9 with a 117-103 loss to the Idaho Stampede in the Jam Events Center Friday night, Jam coach Will Voigt said the team hasn't been contacted by the 7-foot center and added the team hasn't tried to reach Swift, either.
Swift, a former standout at Bakersfield and Garces high schools, then a first-round draft pick by Seattle, left the team after the Jam's second game, citing personal reasons that required him to return to his present home in the Seattle area.
"That barn door's shut," said Voigt. "I would be very surprised if he came back. ... I didn't get the feeling he wanted to play basketball anymore."
The Jam played short-handed Friday. The D-League suspended forwards Amara Sy and Rodney Webb for one game after both players were ejected late in Tuesday's game in Reno stemming from an on-the-floor skirmish.
Sy and Webb will return to action tonight when the Jam plays Idaho again in another 7 p.m. game at the Jam Events Center.
Also suspended for a game was guard-forward Jared Newson, who was subsequently waived because of a wrist injury.
Voigt said an MRI on Newson's wrist was negative and he could be reinstated to the roster at any time. He'll need to sit out his first game back because of the suspension, Voigt said.
The Jam added two players Friday. Quickly making an impact was 6-foot-9 forward James "Boo" Jackson, who had 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Jam also added 6-11 forward-center Brian Butch, a former University of Wisconsin player who played three games in Greece before joining Bakersfield. He arrived less than two hours prior to game time Friday and did not play.
Jackson is in his fourth pro season. A former college player at Eastern Michigan, he was waived earlier this week by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
He figures to get plenty of playing time as Voigt tries to get more production from the Jam's inside game.
"My goal is to just win," Jackson said. "Hopefully we can get over this hump. Once you start winning, it's contagious. It's a long season. We have plenty of time to turn things around."
The Idaho guards dominated Friday's game. Sundiata Gaines, who entered the game fourth in the D-League with a 25.4 scoring average, had a game-high 31 points and seemed to score at will in the second half. Guard Mildon Ambres added 23 points and guard Lanny Smith had 15.
"Gaines is a good player," Voigt said. "At halftime we thought they'd come out aggressive and he'd take most of their shots because that's what he's done in other games. We just didn't match their intensity level."
Jeremy Wise led the Jam with 25 points, which he had in 24 minutes of playing time. Guard Reece Gaines added 24 points and forward Justin Hawkins scored 18.