HoopsHype Von Wafer rumors

January 4, 2011 Updates

Ainge said he is getting calls regarding trades but he is not close to any deal. He said he would like to see the impact of his roster when at full health. “You never know what’s going to happen but I like our roster a lot,’’ he said. “There’s nothing close and I really like our team when we’re healthy. There’s always calls this time of year. There’s always teams trying to do things, but I like our guys. There’s a lot of talk out there but I’m not sure what we’ll do.’’ Boston Globe

November 23, 2010 Updates

West expressed disappointment in the reports, and how they might have affected the James family. "You've got to remember, this is just a game,'' West said. "Some people are die-hard fans and they paint their face and it's all great. But you got to do unto others as you have unto yourself. People say something about your mother and drag your mother through something like that and your family, you'd be ready to do something yourself. So it's sad that happened. But, you know, they hated Jesus, too. You got to keep going. So I wish (LeBron James) much success down there (in Miami) with his family, and I got to keep going here.'' FanHouse.com

November 19, 2010 Updates

Do you think Delonte West will last? Do you think the C's will keep him if he faces more off-the-court troubles? I like his passion and his ability to pick it up in crunch time, I just hope he figures out this will be his best chance at a title and keeps himself in line. -- Scott (Harrisburg, Pa.) A: I think West does indeed last and I think, in the long run, he's incredibly important to Boston's overall success. Beyond the scuffle with Von Wafer during his 10-game suspension, I get the impression that West has been a very good teammate and his on-court dedication is obvious. I think the suspension did humble him a bit and remind him of the opportunity he has (and how fragile it can be if he were to slip up again). But he has a fantastic support system here and I think it will help him thrive. We may look back and say that Boston's final of 11 offseason signings might have been the most important. ESPN.com

November 1, 2010 Updates

It’s been 48 hours since reports about the fight between Delonte West and Von Wafer first became public and the only person who had not been heard from on the incident was West. He spoke after the Celtics ran through practice Sunday and tried to downplay it. “It’s not that serious,” he said. “We’ve moved past that. We’re competitive guys. I’m competitive, he’s competitive. As long as it’s for the betterment of the team, there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better. Things went a little too far at the same time we’re ready to move past that. We’re professionals and we’re on to something different.” WEEI.com

West did say that the initial report that appeared on Hoops World was inaccurate. The story indicated that the Celtics were ready to cut West, but Danny Ainge denied that. “I read the reports and a lot of things were taken out of context,” West said. “Facts were made up that were not true how things played out. Guys get into scuffles or whatever you want to call it. At the end of the day we’re like brothers in here. At the end of the day we’re trying to win. We’re competitive. We’ve got fiery guys in here. You got to move on and get to the next thing.” WEEI.com

West was not at TD Garden Friday night. Per NBA rules, suspended players have to be out of the building two hours before a game starts. West is three games into a 10- game suspension after pleading guilty to weapons charges stemming from a traffic stop last summer. He said the he’s been working out at the team’s practice facility during games and then watching them there. “That’s a penalty you have to pay,” West said. “I’m not arguing with it. I’m still on a team and able to play basketball. It could be a lot worse. There’s no negatives here. I’m positive and I can’t wait to get out there and contribute.” WEEI.com

Two days after Boston Celtics teammates Delonte West and Von Wafer engaged in a locker room fight, West said that he and Wafer moved on and laughed off the altercation. "I'm competitive, he's competitive, as long as it's for the betterment of the team, there's nothing wrong with healthy competition and pushing each other to get better," West said. "Things went a little far, but at the same time, we were able to move past that. We're professionals." Asked if he felt the two had patched things up, West added: "Oh yeah, no question. We laughed about it [Sunday]." ESPN.com

October 30, 2010 Updates

Both Ainge and now Rivers have confirmed that there was a fight between West and Wafer after practice Friday, the second incident between the two in the last week. “There was a fight and that’s all you need to know,” Rivers said. “I’m going to leave it alone, but obviously I’m not real thrilled with it. We’ll handle it.” Rivers went on to say that it shouldn’t have been made public. “It should stay inside the locker room,” he said. “It didn’t and that’s OK, but we’re just going to leave it alone.” Asked if it could have an affect on the Celtics, Rivers said, “It could. I doubt it. I hope not. You never know. I hope it does not.” WEEI.com

October 29, 2010 Updates

Danny Ainge confirmed there was an altercation today between Delonte West and Von Wafer, but he denied there would be any repercussions. A report on hoopsworld.com said Ainge was considering releasing West, but the Celtics’ director of basketball operations said there is absolutely no truth to that. “There was something that happened, and we’re handling it internally,” Ainge said moments ago. “We’re happy with Delonte and Von and how they’ve been playing, and today was unacceptable.” Boston Herald

Less than one week after tempers flared during a two-on-two game in practice, Delonte West and Von Wafer had another altercation earlier this afternoon. During a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, West began fouling Wafer each time the reserve guard touched the ball. West was increasingly physical to the point that Wafer exited to the locker room midway through the game. As he walked away, West barked obscenities and taunted Wafer. After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn't see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team's veterans. HoopsWorld

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were very unhappy with the incident, especially since it occurred just hours before a game. Doc Rivers met with the players and tried smooth things over shortly after. Sources close to the situation say that the Danny Ainge and the Celtics have grown tired of West's confrontations with teammates and are considering releasing the point guard. West is on a non-guaranteed contract and his distractions could result in that deal being terminated. HoopsWorld

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