Dallas Mavericks billionaire owner Mark Cuban tracked down NBA veteran Delonte West on Monday. Several reports have stated Cuban is working with West and his family to get him enrolled in rehab and develop a gameplan to help him rebuild his life.
Delonte West has turned into a bit of a character over the years and has often been the butt of jokes involving rumors about his alleged past relationship with the mother of Lebron James, but he was so much more.
Many may not know that Delonte West was a standout basketball player at Saint Joseph’s University, where he and Jameer Nelson led the Hawks to the Elite Eight in 2004. In addition to an eight-year NBA career, Delonte West was not only a tenacious competitor but one of the most entertaining ballers off the court we may have seen since Dennis Rodman. West played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Dallas Mavericks between 2004-2012.
As we hope that Delonte can recover and get the necessary help he needs, let’s revisit some of the best moments throughout Delonte’s career and why we love the guy.
Check out an outstanding example of Delonte as Lebron’s teammate:
Hit the flip for more great moments in Delonte West’s career.
If you don’t know anything about Delonte’s hard nose play on the court and sneaky dunking ability, ya might wanna go ask Smoove. Pretty sure Josh Smith remembers this moment VIVIDLY.
After the time Delonte told Paul Pierce, it’s not the clothes, it’s the man — how can you not love him? It’s at the 50 second mark.
The time Delonte dropped one of the most incredible freestyles of all-time while waiting at KFC. A truly classic moment. Heavy on the hotsauce in his bag
The time Delonte West used donuts stressed the importance of sacrifice to an NBA rookie. Train, planes, or automobiles, you better have his donuts!
One reason we’re truly rooting for Big Red is he’s never been afraid of hard work. Do y’all remember the time Delonte West applied for a job at Home Depot to be proactive for an NBA lockout.
The time Delonte West gave Gordon Hayward a wet willie
Ok… This one might not be the most sportsmanlike but you have to admit, you laughed right?
The time Delonte West opened up about his personality and off the court struggles, including why he did not want his son to carry the same name.
This one was difficult to watch. Imagine struggling with so much throughout his career — but he achieved a lot and we’re hopeful he can regain his footing. Delonte — NBA career aside, we want to see you win in life. You’ve brought so much with your personality, charisma and humor. We’re praying you overcome all your hardships.