Mavericks owner Mark Cuban picked up former NBA guard Delonte West at a Dallas-area gas station Monday, according to TMZ. The Mavs owner is hoping to help West, who played for Dallas during his pro career, after a viral video of West pandhandling surfaced on social media last week. West was pictured on the side of the road in the rain holding a small cardboard sign.
Cuban took West to a local hotel Monday, according to TMZ, while Cuban and West’s family and friends attempt to formulate a plan for West to go into rehab. TMZ also reported that Cuban has offered to pay for West’s entire treatment.
Delonte West’s off-court difficulties
Midway through his NBA career, West announced that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008. In 2010, while still an active NBA player, West pleaded guilty to two weapons charges.
West has fallen on tough times since his retirement from the NBA. In 2016, he was spotted wandering around a Houston-area Jack in the Box with no shoes.
Earlier this year, West was allegedly involved in a rough altercation in Washington, D.C. A man who looked to be West was videotaped being attacked in the middle of the road, and another video showed the man who looked to be West handcuffed and talking to police.
Delonte West’s time with Dallas Mavericks
West’s connection to Cuban comes from his time with the Mavericks in his final NBA season, 2011-2012. West played in 44 games that season, starting 33, and averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game. That was the final stop of an NBA career that began in 2004 with the Boston Celtics and also included stops with the Seattle Supersonics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The biggest shot of West’s NBA career was a game-winning 3-pointer off a dish from LeBron James in the first round of the 2008 Eastern Conference playoffs.
West grew up in the the Washington, D.C.-area before attending Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia for college. Former NBA coach and current TNT broadcaster Stan Van Gundy, in a reply to former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, was among those who sent out support on social media for Cuban and West.
This is how we should treat those in our lives — less judgement, more empathy and help. Thanks to Mark Cuban. Good luck to Delonte West.
— Stan Van Gundy (@realStanVG) September 29, 2020