BOSSIP has been reporting on the ongoing struggles of Delonte West for years now. It’s been sad to watch and even more sad to see how people have callously reacted to a man who is clearly having life-threatening issues. Just last week we reported that Delonte was seen walking the streets of Dallas holding a sign, panhandling. According to TMZ, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was able to reach him. A source close to West told TMZ that Delonte’s family and friends have been trying to get him to go to a drug rehab facility in order to seek treatment. The source also disclosed that Cuban has offered to pay for his treatment.
Yesterday, Cuban met Delonte at a local gas station and took him to a nearby hotel where he can live while his family figures out a plan of action. Delonte played for Cuban’s Mavericks from 2011-2012. The 37-year-old basketball star averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game over eight NBA seasons while playing for four franchises.
Obviously, Cuban has all the resources that a billionaire employs but it’s still kind of crazy that he was able to get to Delonte before everyone else after all these years. It is reported that he has committed to covering the cost of whatever therapy Delonte needs.
No comment from Cuban about how all this came together but we’re sure he’ll be asked about it soon enough.
We hope Delonte can really get his life straight. He’s only 37-years-old. There’s lots of life ahead of him. Godspeed.