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April 8, 2014 Updates

Here he was in the 21st century, and West was learning that chain gangs were still very real, filled with men who looked like himself and his Hornets teammates. When he visited local juvenile detention centers, he met boys who were charged with felonies but should've been in the third grade. Those who weren't locked up might be attending parish elementary schools where the lunchroom has a dirt floor and the books in the library are 20 years out of date. "You go to certain parts of New Orleans and (if) you had a blindfold on and someone took the blindfold off, you would think you weren't in America," West said. "And I was having a difficult time getting paid a million or so dollars — and when I got into the NBA, I realized that I was on my own in feeling like that. "(I'm like), 'Yo! Nobody else sees that there's something wrong here?'" Indianapolis Star

West also recalled a time when a teammate passed by his seat on the plane and noticed that he was reading "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver. "Man, you're always reading something crazy!" the teammate said, so West thought to himself that maybe he shouldn't break out his books in front of everyone. "I learned this my first couple of years: A locker room can be an uncomfortable environment," West said. "And in that environment, it was hard for me to find a balance. It was hard, literally, for me being a thinker; every single day my mind is just running. At times, I'm not focused on basketball." Indianapolis Star

"With all the money and the fame and the acclaim and the advancement that we claimed we made, we really (have) not made any big steps because Katrina was the biggest smack for me," West said. "It just illustrated how dependent we are as people on other people. The majority of the people affected by Hurricane Katrina were African-American people, and with all the celebrity that we have, all the money that we have, all of this fame and fortune, we're so disbanded that when our people are literally on TV in need of help, we got nothing to bring them. "Katrina really altered how I was going to look at (and) how I was going to approach this NBA thing." Indianapolis Star

"If you're living and you're not doing things for other people, then you're wasting your time. You're wasting your life," West said. "'Keep myself in reality,' is what I like to call it. I think a lot of times in the NBA, you can get caught in this lifestyle and what the NBA has to offer. It's an ego-driven, self-driven, I, me deal and we all have to have some of that in order to get here, but … you can't let that consume you and become a part of who you are. Indianapolis Star

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The bench, which had contributed just four points in the previous game, a loss at Dallas, scored 31 points in this one. Bynum was a major part of that, because his mere presence created opportunities for fellow second-unit scoring threats Luis Scola (11 points on 5-of-7 shooting) and Evan Turner (nine points on 4-of-4 shooting). Asked how Bynum should best contribute to the Pacers, West had a quick answer. “His ability to command a double-team,” he said. “I don't know if it gets more simple than that. The NBA is about advantages, and if you've got a guy who can get two (defenders) to the ball before he even makes a move …” NBA.com

March 9, 2014 Updates

Things haven't been right for a while. David West had sounded the alarm as far back as early February. Now, his teammates have picked up on it. And it wasn't simply the three-game slide that roused the Pacers awake, but the open communication that followed each frustrating loss. It started with a small gathering between West and Rasual Butler near the post-game spread after the heartbreaker to the Golden State Warriors. Then in Charlotte, in the back corner of the visitor's locker room, Ian Mahinmi and Roy Hibbert could be seen sitting and conversing with West. By Friday night, the conference had grown and the conversation lasted longer. Indianapolis Star

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The Hornets had a talented young trio with Paul, West and center Tyson Chandler. New Orleans, however, traded Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor in July 2009. West said after the Chandler trade that he and Paul began privately discussing the possibility of leaving New Orleans. "[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year." Yahoo! Sports

February 13, 2014 Updates

The Hornets had a talented young trio with Paul, West and center Tyson Chandler. New Orleans, however, traded Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for center Emeka Okafor in July 2009. West said after the Chandler trade that he and Paul began privately discussing the possibility of leaving New Orleans. "[Paul] knew I was going to leave because I knew he was leaving. We had open conversations about that," West said. "The writing was on the wall probably the season, two seasons before that last year." Yahoo! Sports

C.J. Paul, Chris Paul's brother and personal manager, said the "final straw" for his brother was when West told him he wouldn't be re-signing with the Hornets. West ended up signing as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 14, 2011 after the NBA lockout ended. "We had talked about possibly sticking together. But once he realized that I was gone, I knew he was definitely going to check out," West said. "It was time for us to find new space." Said Chris Paul: "I missed David West. My partner. My right hand man." Yahoo! Sports

The Hornets struck a blockbuster sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers to join Kobe Bryant in the backcourt post-lockout on the afternoon of Dec. 8, 2011. An hour later, the NBA-owned Hornets were told that NBA Commissioner David Stern nullified the deal for "basketball reasons." Stern, who retired earlier this year, didn't respond to an email in regards to that nullified deal. But new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said: "[Stern] was acting in the best interest of the franchise at the time when he made the decision and did what he felt was right for the team." Yahoo! Sports

Paul responded on Twitter simply with the word, "Wow," after the Lakers trade fell apart. C.J. Paul said his brother expected to play the 2011-12 season in New Orleans and become a free agent at season's end. "When his deal got rescinded to the Lakers, I knew he was very disappointed," West said. "He just wanted to find a new home and have a chance to start over." Yahoo! Sports

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