Uncle Luke wants David West drug tested for accepting deal with Spurs

Jan 10, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) shoots from the foul line during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers won the game 93-92. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indiana Pacers forward David West (21) shoots from the foul line during the third quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers won the game 93-92. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports /
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David West is the ultimate warrior in the NBA at the moment, taking $11 million less than what he’s worth t sign with the Spurs — something Uncle Luke can’t fathom. 

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When David West decided to take his talents to San Antonio this week, not many were surprised that he would want to play for a franchise that has a way of extending the careers of veteran players. The shock came when it was revealed that a five-figure contract player was accepting the veteran’s minimum to leave Indiana for San Antonio.

Needless to say, not everyone was on board with West’s decision to take so much less money to sign with the Spurs. Count Uncle Luke among those flabbergasted over the move by West to sign with the Spurs and leave over $11 million on the tale in doing so.

Bot only was Uncle Luke critical of David West for taking less to sign in San Antonio, but he openly accused Gregg POpovich of taking advantage of a ‘mentally disturbed’ player.

Above all, Uncle Luke wants to make sure West isn’t on drugs as he seems to be fearing for his safety.

It was pretty incredible to see West leave so much money on the table, but the question is whether or not Uncle Luke is right in calling out Pop, West and the NBA like this. It is sort of fishy that he’d leave so much money behind to chase a ring but at the end of the day it’s West’s decision.

The NBA has long been criticized for handing out too many bad and blamed contracts, so when a player takes less money to sign with a team when they’re worth more it can come across as admirable.

Apparently, not to everyone though.

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