For the second time in less than one month, the Dallas Mavericks have suspended guard Delonte West for conduct detrimental to the team.
The initial time the Mavericks suspended West this season occurred following a locker room outburst on Oct. 15 after the Mavericks 123-104 preseason victory over the Houston Rockets. West was reinstated by the team less than 24 hours after he had a sit down discussion with both head coach Rick Carlise and team president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
West is no stranger to problems in the past. He has had several issues regarding his behavior, including the now infamously known traffic stop which occurred in 2009 when he was pulled over while riding a three-wheel motorcycle near his home in Washington, DC. When West was pulled over, police discovered two power handguns and a shotgun inside a guitar case, which he later plead guilty to and was sentenced to electronic monitoring, probation and community service. West also revealed in 2009 that he suffered from bipolar disorder.
West tweeted Thursday afternoon “If I’m not what u lookin 4…..That’s fine….just dont kick me in my ass on the way out the door…..I didn’t do anything to deserve that”. Two minutes West then followed those tweets with “I love the city of Dallas….I love playin in the NBA….no I’m not off my meds….I ain’t on no bipolar trip….this real people lives”.
It is not certain yet if the Mavericks plan to keep West or release him following this latest incident, but one thing is for certain: he is still a very capable player and should have no problem getting picked up by another team if Dallas does decide to part ways with the eight year veteran who has averaged nearly 10 points per game in his career.