The Dallas Mavericks cut Delonte West before the start of the last season for disciplinary reasons. He struggled to find another opportunity and winding up sitting out last season. But Delonte West is looking to make a comeback.
From Tzvi Twersky at SLAM:
“I had tears in my eyes watching games this past year—not because I’m bipolar, but because I’m sitting at home and miss the game” West says. “When my agent calls, I’m going to be on the next flight. Not to be cocky, but some teams that are trying to win are one guard away, one guy that can make a couple great plays away from going to the Finals.
“Well, I’m right here,” he continues. “Y’all know it and I know it.”
“I watched the NBA all last year,” says West. “What I ended up saying to myself is, Let me stop playing around; let me get back on the path that I was on; let me get into my groove….
“When I get another chance, I’m going to put the blinders on,” vows West. “After this, I’m just breaking free of that stigma, letting stuff go, putting that stuff behind me. I’m going to show that I’ve grown, stats-wise and person-wise.”
When in Dallas, Delonte was homeless and living in the locker room at one point. He also gave Gordon Hayward a “wet willie” during a game while playing for the Mavericks and has been arrested on gun charges once.