When last spotted in the NBA, Delonte West was released by the Dallas Mavericks just before the 2012-13 season began. Who can forget West’s epic tweet which followed? “I’m just sitting here across from the arena with tears in my eyes,” tweeted West then.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle never got into details about why the team decided to kick West on his way out the door, but the Mavericks were obviously fed up with his antics. It’s kind of sad, too, because had West stuck it out a little longer, he would have been able to take over the starting point guard job from the inconsistent Darren Collison.
Most recently, West has played in China and now has his eyes set on the Las Vegas Summer League, where he’ll play for the Los Angeles Clippers, per Chris Haynes of Comcast Sportsnet. It’s sort of strange and unfortunate, though, that West’s career has taken such a twisted path. For one, West is only 30, so it’s not like he’s some old-timer. Physically, West’s conditioning is stellar, and he’s got all the skills necessary to be a superb role player on a winning team. And maybe that’s what hurt West during his time on the Mavericks — Dallas wasn’t a winning team during the 2012-13 season, so West just didn’t fit in.
But certain incidents West has been involved in over the years have been overblown, thus resulting in him being characterized as a bad guy. West hasn’t killed anybody, though. Yes, some of the things West says and does are hard to rap your head around (Gordon Hayward, anybody?), but his heart is in the right place.
West loves the game. He deserves this fresh start he’s getting in the summer league and shouldn’t have to be continually reminded of his past transgressions. And if he looks good out there, some NBA team may even give him a shot.