Delonte West Suspended Indefinitely By Dallas Mavericks [Report]
Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West has reportedly been suspended by the team after a locker room incident which took place on Monday.
According to ESPN, West, who has battled with bipolar disorder his entire life, had a “meltdown” in the Mavericks’ locker room following Monday night’s 123-104 preseason win over the Rockets in which the guard had two points, two assists and one rebound in almost 17 minutes.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was not specific on details regarding the incident and it is not known how long the suspension will last.
Following the ordeal, West took to Twitter to offer an apology for his actions.
In his first tweet, West wrote:
In a followup tweet two minutes later, West wrote:
“I showed off on ur birthday again…”
While West is out, Dallas will have to turn to guys like Rodrigue Beaubois, Dahntay Jones, Dominique Jones and, possibly, rookie Jared Cunningham.
Bleacher Report notes that West’s recent suspension isn’t his first time being banned for his unpredictable behavior. In September 2009 the 29-year-old athlete was arrested on multiple weapons charges after he was pulled over while driving a three-wheel motorcycle in Upper Marlboro, Md.
West was sentenced to eight months of house arrest for that incident and suspended for 10 games by the NBA.
Last year with the Mavericks, West, an eight-year NBA veteran, averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists to provide the team with a much needed spark off the bench.
For his career, the Saint Josephs’ product is averaging 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and just under one steal per game.