The NBA, Doc Rivers, Jameer Nelson and the Players Asso…

The NBA, Doc Rivers, Jameer Nelson and the Players Association have actively been trying to get Delonte West help … this after a new photo surfaced showing the former star hooper in rough shape. The viral photo — reportedly taken recently in Dallas — appears to show the 37-year-old former guard begging for money on the street. The question has been … why haven’t former players and coaches stepped in and helped West?

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Finally, he snapped out of his malaise. Still in his drenched game uniform, West opted to skip his shower and started putting on his dress clothes for the bus. We waited for West to talk to the media, and he began speaking as he dressed without showering. He was apologetic and regretful about his mistakes. West needed emotional support, but he didn’t receive any, not on this professional level where there is little sympathy for millionaires who lose difficult games. Wally Szczerbiak, a Sonics teammate who came over to Seattle from Boston, looked at me and said, “You see what the [berating] coaching does to him?”
The Celtics' president of basketball operations confirmed a report that the team hired West to scout games on the East Coast as a means to help the struggling former Boston guard, whose NBA career ended in 2012. "Delonte has worked for us for a couple of years at times doing some college scouting in the (Washington) D.C. and Philly area," Ainge said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich."
Maybe the NBA player, by that time nearing 30, who acknowledged his bipolar disorder - but then later announced that he really didn't need the medication doctors had prescribed for it - needed to be reached. “I’ve got to help him,” Carlisle said that week, “and our organization is going to help him, too.’’
A Maryland police officer has been suspended for shooting a video that shows former NBA player Delonte West as he was being questioned while shirtless and handcuffed, a police department said. One of two videos circulating on social media shows a thin, shirtless man with tattoos sitting on a curb with his hands cuffed behind his back. Police say that man is West and that an officer shot the video.
Police said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that they responded to a call about a fight near the MGM National Harbor casino, located just across the border from Washington. When officers arrived, they saw a man bleeding from the face and "made the decision to handcuff" West. Police said they learned that West and the second man knew each other and that they had argued earlier that morning. The men refused medical treatment and refused to press charges, police said.
Professional basketball allowed Delonte West to have structure in his life, to have a level of stability. According to those close to him, that has gone by the wayside since he exited the NBA. West, 36, has most recently worked in construction with his brother, Dmitri, and has struggled to find consistent work, one person close to the former player said. He lives in Maryland with his mother, Delphina Addison.
Former teammate Jameer Nelson is one of many people who have witnessed West’s post-career distress and offered help. The National Basketball Players Association has maintained close contact with West and made itself available as a resource. His college coach at Saint Joseph, Phil Martelli, and West’s former player agent, Noah Croom, have been in communication with each other — and West — about providing him support. The same can be said for the Celtics and Mavericks. Both Boston GM Danny Ainge and Dallas owner Mark Cuban have been in direct contact at various points, according to those close to West.
After finding out that an officer recorded a video circulating on social media showing a former NBA player in handcuffs, police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are investigating how and why the video was released. The person in the video is Delonte West. West played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. The officer who took the video has been suspended as police conduct an internal investigation.
An agitated Delonte West was captured discussing an alleged altercation. The person who posted the clip of the former NBA player to social media, Twitter user @damani_givens, told Complex that the video was taken in Washington D.C. West appears to be saying that someone approached him with a gun as he was walking down the street. However, when he was asked further detail about his account of the incident, Delonte repeatedly said "I don't give a fuck" twice before ranting about something that's difficult to understand.
In another video circulating social media, someone who appears to be West is getting kicked and punched in the middle of a busy road. The man on the ground, presumably Delonte, is laying motionless as someone else roughs him up.
Delonte West is actively working on an NBA comeback -- so says his mother, who tells TMZ Sports her son is getting his life back together after a string of troubling setbacks. The NBA community became concerned for West after pictures surfaced showing the 32-year-old looking disheveled in Texas ... and apparently begging for change in Maryland. Delphina Addison says her son has had some mental health issues recently -- but he's back on his medication and in a good place. "He is working toward coming back to the NBA. He has been working out and that’s where he's at as of now."
The family of NBA veteran Delonte West insists he is getting the medical help he needs to overcome bipolar - despite troubling new footage of him bellowing at kids and dancing wildly at a strip mall. Former Cavaliers guard West, 32, was seen wandering barefoot around a Houston parking lot over the weekend looking bleary-eyed and disheveled.
The shock images uploaded to Instagram sparked fears for the former first-round pick who banked $16 million from the NBA but has not played in the league for four years and has previously disclosed his lifelong battle with depression. Daily Mail Online has learned that spiraling debts have left West more than $150,000 in the red and facing foreclosure on one of his two Maryland homes.
He also dismissed suggestions his brother's erratic behavior was fueled by drugs or alcohol. 'Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs,' insisted construction boss Dmitri, 33. 'As far as I know, my brother was suffering from bipolar disorder. 'I don't know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he's doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that's out there, the best that they can afford. 'You can’t put this down to the basketball or money. He is in a great place, he has a beautiful son, a beautiful daughter and a wife that loves him and gives him tremendous support.
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