On October 15, 2012 the Mavericks suspended West for conduct detrimental to the team. That day the Dallas Mavericks played their first preseason game in Dallas beating the Houston Rockets 123-104. After the game, due to an outburst in the locker-room, West was suspended. The suspension only lasted less than 24 hours because West meet with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle and they worked it out. Coach Carlisle said, “There was an outstanding issue, and we needed to talk about it.” West was there to play in the next preseason game on October 17 against the Phoenix Suns.
The Mavs seemed to be sure that whatever it was had been worked out and was in the process of being fixed. Carlisle said, “He needed to refocus, and he’s in the process of doing that. It’s going to be work. It’s going to be daily work for him to do that, and I’ve got to help him and our organization is going to help him, too. It’s not that big a deal.” Turns out he was wrong, or maybe this time it was something completely different, or didn’t have to do with West at all. Either way, West was suspended again.
West explained to ESPNDallas.com that he is being blamed for something he did not do. West said there was an argument between two teammates last night after the Mavs lost to the OKC 76-88, and the Mavs believed he had something to do with it. West said, “There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn’t involve me. Somehow I’m being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what’s going on.” Then this morning West got a text telling him not to come to practice today. West turned to tweeter to tweet his thoughts.
In the past Delonte West has had run-ins with the law. In 2009 West was arrested for having multiple weapons on board a three-wheel motorcycle while driving. In result West was suspended by the NBA for 10 games, and was sentenced to house arrest for 8 months. Later that year it was revealed that West suffers from bipolar disorder. I do not know what it is like to be bipolar, but with all the negative attention his name gets all the time I can’t imagine it is easy for him while being in the NBA. But this issue has nothing to do with that.
Regardless of whatever West is going through off the court he is, in my opinion, an outstanding NBA player. I have seen West play, and every time he is on that court he gives it his all. West is not afraid to drive to the basket and can get the ball to the teammate that is open. He is great to watch. West has played on some of the best teams with some of the best players including LeBron James, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Dirk Nowitzki. West averages 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. If West was not involved in the argument then I hope the Mavs will figure that out and reinstate West before the season starts.