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Delonte West is on the road to sobriety … but it ain’t easy. Sources tell TMZ Sports the former NBA player is currently in the detox phase of his treatment — which is known to be extremely difficult for people trying to clean themselves up.
We’re told detox is Phase 1 — the process of removing all traces of drugs and alcohol from Delonte’s system. Detox ain’t exactly a walk in the park — in fact, it’s a pretty taxing process both physically and mentally.
West is undergoing the process under the supervision of professionals — but it’s still extremely tough. One person close with West told us Delonte is “doing fine” while “roughing it out” in order to move on to the phase of his treatment.
Darryl Strawberry wants to personally help former NBA star Delonte West kick drugs … ’cause the MLB legend knows firsthand how addiction can ruin lives. The 58-year-old former NY Mets star famously battled alcohol and cocaine addiction — but he’s been sober for over a decade and now dedicates his life to helping others conquer drugs.
“Delonte West is just like anyone else that probably has some deep-rooted issues that have never been dealt with, ya know? Putting on a basketball uniform and being successful, that just covers up everything that happens to a person.” Strawberry continued … “It reflects back to when he was probably young somewhere, some kinda trauma, abuse or something affected him and it can leave you crippled and paralyzed. So, no one signs up to be in that situation he is. I didn’t sign up to be in that situation.”
Brad Townsend: I’m told that thanks to @Mark Cuban efforts yesterday, Delonte West is now in a drug and rehabilitation facility. Cuban picked West up at a gas station in Dallas yesterday and told West’s family that he would pay for West’s rehab.
Shams Charania: A Delonte West update, as people close to the ex-NBA player going through very difficult personal struggle continue to offer help: Sources say Mavs owner Mark Cuban reunited West with his mother in Dallas on Monday — and now West has checked into rehab facility in Florida.
That photo set off a new round of concern from a basketball community hoping again to help the 37-year-old. Among those was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was filmed on Monday picking up West at a gas station in a viral video first reported on by TMZ Sports. “I can just confirm that I found him and helped him,” Cuban told The Washington Post in an email late Monday. “The rest is up to Delonte and his family to tell.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban picked up Delonte West at a Dallas gas station on Monday and is attempting to help the homeless former NBA player get his life back on track, Cuban confirmed to ESPN. Sources close to West told TMZ that his family and friends have been trying to get West to go to a drug rehabilitation facility and that Cuban has offered to pay for his treatment.
Cuban is among several people involved in the NBA who in recent years have been attempting to help West, who publicly discussed his diagnosis of bipolar disorder during his NBA career. Cuban renewed those efforts after pictures circulated last week of West panhandling at an intersection in Dallas.
Mark Cuban is personally helping Delonte West get back on his feet … with the Dallas Mavericks owner picking up the ex-NBA star at a gas station in Texas. As we previously reported, the former Cleveland Cavaliers guard has fallen on tough times in recent years … and was most recently seen holding a sign on the street in Dallas last week.
Sources connected to West’s family tell us that Cuban — who had been trying to reach DW on the phone for days — finally got in contact with Delonte … who agreed to meet the Mavs owner on Monday in Dallas. We’re told Cuban took West to a local hotel … while his family formulates a game plan.
Our sources tell us West’s circle of fam and friends have been trying desperately to get Delonte to go to rehab … and he now seems open to the idea. We’re even told Cuban has offered to help cover Delonte’s cost for treatment.
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October 23, 2020 | 7:36 pm EDT Update
Revenue projections for the league this season were missed by about $1.5 billion, the person said. The losses were the result of a combination of factors — the shutdown caused by the pandemic, the cancelation of 171 regular-season games, completing the season in a bubble at Walt Disney World without fans, the nearly $200 million price tag for operating that bubble and a yearlong rift with the Chinese government that saw NBA games not shown on state television there.
No decisions have been finalized on next season and talks with the National Basketball Players Association remain ongoing on many matters, including the financial parameters for the coming year. Those talks, especially on the money issue, would have to be concluded before any real decisions about next season are made. The NBPA has not made any final decisions on how it wants to see the league proceed, either. But this plan, starting in December and ending in June, would get the 2021-22 season — virus-permitting — back to normal, with 82-game slates starting in October.
If you’re looking for a pick-up basketball game at the Surf Club in Madison, be aware you might just end of guarding the NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter. “I always just come prepared because they might need one and today they needed one,” said Ray Allen, who brought his three kids to play an outdoor pick-up game in Madison Wednesday.
“We’ve pretty much been doing this on and off during the summer,” Allen said. “It’s unfortunate because we haven’t had access to gyms, so for the kids to get out and play, it’s an awesome thing. I have three boys out here and you know I just try to amp their level of competition up a little bit.”
The Golden 1 Center is one of 18 vote center locations opening Saturday, October 24. It will be the largest vote center in Sacramento County. “Yeah. We really think Golden 1 Center is the center hub for Sacramento County and our region. More than just basketball and events, and this is really one of those true examples of that where this building is going to be the center of our county for one of the most important days that we have in our history,” said John Rinehart, Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations.