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Delonte West
Delonte West
Position: None
Born: 07/26/83
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:183 lbs. / 83 kg.
Both instances involving James occurred in his final season with the Cavaliers, the 2009-10 season. It was in the thick of training camp. West, who battled depression and suffered from a severe stress disorder, was a month removed from a weapons charge that was hanging over his head. The unknown of the outcome of that situation deeply tormented the guard. “I was dealing with so much guilt,” West said. “I wasn’t processing things right. I was under the impression that I was going to do nine years minimum. Everything I’ve ever dreamed of, the sweat and tears of what I worked for would all be wiped away.”
“It’s hard to have great friends in professional sports because you’re so busy with your schedule, but if James befriends you, then he’s your friend until the end,” West said. “That’s hard to say about a player, let alone a megastar. When we do see each other, it’s like you were with him playing video games yesterday. That’s a credit to his character and his humbleness in how he was raised.”
Another example was later in the season after a tough road loss. West didn’t play up to standards and he was being overly critical with himself. He was also still sweating what would come of his arrest. It reached a boiling point. He lost it at the airport. “The bus pulled up to escort us to the plane and I just broke down crying. I felt like my career was over. I was [expletive] up. I was concerned that my nieces and nephews wouldn’t look at me the same anymore. I let the team go ahead of me. I wasn’t getting on.”
Whether West could help an NBA team or even be considered for a contract is up for debate. But West said he is mentally and emotionally ready to return. “All I want to do is play basketball, play hard every play and give it my all,” he said. “If at the end of the day we lose, I know how to channel my frustration better. I know how to communicate better now. So I’m just praying for the opportunity. I think any team that gives me a shot is going to get everything they need and more.”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers said West could help an NBA team after assessing him during summer league games, but West’s past misdoings have made it difficult for him to get a serious look. West last played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011-12 but left the team after a dispute with coach Rick Carlisle. West told the Globe his back is completely healed and his weight has increased to 195 pounds after playing summer league games at a slight 180. NBA teams can start signing players to 10-day contracts on Jan. 5. Many teams will release players with nonguaranteed contracts, meaning roster spots will eventually open for players looking for 10-day deals.