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Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:15 am
 

Delonte West denies the 'LeBron rumor'

Posted by Royce Young

If I say "Delonte West and LeBron James," you pretty much know exactly what I'm talking about. And that rumor, while never coming from a real source, never having any kind of substantial legs to it, has carried on for a while.

It came up again a couple weeks ago when LeBron reportedly got into it with a heckler because of it. West did an interview with the Dallas Morning News and tried to put the whole thing to bed once and for all:

“Everywhere I go, first question, ‘Don’t tell me you did that.’ …

“If we want to continue to grow as a human race, what are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that?” West says of the rumor. “Number one, something like that never happened. I don’t know where they got that from.

“For a strong black woman like that, for people to try to tear her down, that’s terrible. That’s terrible in so many ways.”

West didn't really need to even dignify the rumor with an actual denial, but he did. He dismissed it completely, said it was terrible and called out the human race for spreading it.

I'd love to say "end of story" here, but I know the human race pretty well and that's probably not going to happen. Still, West is on record here saying it's completely not true, which considering where the rumor originated from, is what we should take most seriously.
Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:18 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Delonte West (finger fracture) undergoes surgery

Mavericks guard Delonte West suffered a fractured finger on Wednesday. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Update (Friday): The Dallas Mavericks announced on Friday that guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery on his fractured right ring finger. The surgery aimed to "stabilize the fracture" and the team noted that "he will have a subsequent procedure to remove the stabilizing pins prior to his return to basketball activity."

The Mavericks said West still has no timetable for return.

Original Post (Wednesday):
The Dallas Mavericks could be without guard Delonte West for an extended period of time.

The Associated Press reports that the Mavericks have informed the media that West suffered a fractured and dislocated finger on his right hand during a Wednesday night game against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center. 
West fractured and dislocated his finger while trying to make a defensive play about halfway through the second quarter Wednesday night against Denver. It was an ugly injury with blood clearly visible. 

The Mavericks said West wouldn't return to the game and that it was unclear how many games he might miss.

West came off the bench on a night when the Mavericks were already without guards Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois.
West left Wednesday's game with 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist on 1-for-5 shooting in 11 minutes.

West, 28, is averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game so far this season. He's been used as both a starter and a reserve, as the Mavericks have had to make due without starting point guard Jason Kidd for stretches of this season. Fellow Mavericks guards Jason Terry (quadricep injury) and Rodrigue Beaubois (personal reasons) also missed Wednesday's game.

West signed with the Mavericks during the December free agency period after spending last season with the Boston Celtics. He had an eventful offseason during the lockout, as he applied for a job at Home Depotcontemplated selling knivesworked for a furniture store and fretted about his lack of health insurance.

Earlier this season, West told a reporter that he was banned from making a White House visit with his Mavericks teammates because of his criminal record, but later reports indicated that the Secret Service disputed that account.
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:31 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 1:16 pm
 

West not banned from White House over security

Posted by Ben Golliverdelonte-west-dallas

Update (Monday 12:30 p.m.): As the Mavericks met with President Obama Monday morning, West was not with the team. But why? That's apparently a bit complicated. West told reporters that he was "banned" from the White House. But ABC News, via the Dallas Morning News, spoke with Secret Service, who denied that claim. 
West, who had a high profile arrest more than two years ago while under the influence of prescribed medication, said he is banned from stepping foot in the White House after the President's security team ran a routine background check on the guard.

ABC News reports that the U.S. Secret Service disagrees with that assessment.

"The individual in question was never someone that would not be permitted to attend the event today," Secret Service agent Edwin Donovan said. "He is on the list for entry today and was never advised otherwise to my knowledge. "
via Delonte West not at White House today; Secret Service says he's not banned | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News.

So for some reason, West thought that he couldn't attend, but if it was related to his misdemeanor gun charge conviction, it wasn't for security reasons, but public relations. This situation remains confusing. 

Additionally, West went on a Twitter rant over the weekend, blaming the media for painting him in an unfavorable light. He didn't actually specify who the offending media member was. He expressed regret over not being able to meet the President, while also saying that media criticism over his gun charges lead to him being forced to take a lesser deal from the Mavericks. If you're wondering if any of this makes any sense, it does not.

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The 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are finally headed to the White House to meet President Barack Obama on Monday. Guard Delonte West says he won't be joining his teammates.

West, who pleaded guilty to weapons charges after being pulled over while driving a three-wheeled motorcycle with a shotgun strapped to his back, says he is "banned" from the White House, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,’’ West said after tonight’s 96-81 win over the New Orleans Hornets. “But I’m going home to D.C., I’m just not allowed to go to the White House.

“That’s what happens when you make bad decisions in your life. You can’t go to the White House.’’

“I live in D.C. It’s going to be ashamed the President isn’t going to get a chance to meet me. I’m the president of my house.’’
Touring the White House requires a mandatory background check for all visitors. 

West's 2009 arrest made national headlines because of the unusual specifics
Prince George's County police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy said Friday the Cleveland Cavaliers player was arrested about 10 p.m. Thursday. Reedy said West was riding a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle north on the Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro when he cut off an officer, who pulled him over. Police said a handgun was found in his pocket, another in his pant leg and a shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back.

Back in September, West said that he was "not proud" of his gun arrest but said that the incident "looks way worse than it was" because he was under the influence of medication he takes for bipolar disorder. The arrest, which occurred while he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led to a 10-game suspension by the NBA.

West played for the Boston Celtics last season before signing with the Mavericks during the December free agency period. West is averaging 7.5 points and 3.0 assists for the Mavericks in eight games so far this season. He made national headlines during the lockout when he took a job working at a furniture store after previously seeking work at Home Depot and as a salesman of knives

Hat tip: @Marcel_Mutoni 

Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Mavericks sign Vince Carter, Delonte West

Posted by Ben Gollivervince-carter

Vince Carter has found another new NBA home. Delonte West is once again an NBA employee! And both have arrived in the same destination: the Dallas Mavericks.

The defending champs announced the signing of Carter, a 34-year-old 8-time NBA All-Star, on Monday. Terms of the details were not disclosed by the team but ESPNDallas.com reports that Carter signed a mini Mid-Level Exception deal worth $9 million over three years. Carter was bought out by the Phoenix Suns last week. Carter averaged 13.5 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Suns last season.

West, a 28-year-old free agent guard who spent the offseason applying for a job at Home Depot, contemplating selling knivesworking for a furniture store and fretting about his lack of health insurance, has reportedly signed a 1-year contract with the Mavericks.

SlamOnline.com and Yahoo Sports report that West, 28, will join the defending champs. A 7-year NBA vet, West spent last season playing for the Boston Celtics, where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 assists per game.

Dallas is now loaded in the backcourt, bringing back Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Rodrigue Beaubois and Corey Brewer and having traded for Rudy Fernandez prior to the lockout. Second year guards Dominique Jones and Andy Rautins, recently acquired from the New York Knicks, are also currently on the roster too with Shawn Marion and Lamar Odom also fighting for playing time on the wing.

Together, West and Cater make the tenth and eleventh player who will fight for minutes at the one, two or three position for Dallas. Surely some additional roster balancing or trimming moves are coming.
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:25 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Free Agency Buzz 12.5.11: Lakers looking at West?

 

Posted by EOB Staff

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

4:03 p.m. ET
  • Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that there was "good conversation" today between Thaddeus Young and the Nuggets, with more talks planned. The Nuggets would make a nice fit for Young, well, mainly because they only have like six players on their team right now. Berger notes as well: "Denver's interest in Sixers' Young is latest indication that Nuggets are preparing for Nene departure."
2:21 p.m.
  • From the Washington Post: "The Washington Wizards intend to retain Nick Young but realize that they will have competition from several teams, including Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Sacramento and Phoenix, according to sources with knowledge of the situation."
  • The Wolves want to keep Kevin Love, obviously, but it's a question of how much he's worth to them. Would that include the max? "Am I worth the max? I'll let the front office answer that question," Love told the Star Tribune. "I love Minneapolis, I love the Twin Cities. I really do like it here. I'm in a comfort zone. This is the first NBA city I fell in love with, so this is all I know. Maybe we'll keep it that way and maybe we won't."
10:36 a.m.
  • Matt Barnes told reporters this weekend that he spoke with Baron Davis and Dwight Howard and both players want to come to L.A.. It's Matt Barnes, so take it with a grain of salt, but still. 
  • Grant Hill is still interested in re-signing with the Suns, ESPN says, but both New York and Chicago have made "very interesting" offers. If Hill took less money to sign with Chicago, it would be a perfect fit. The only hang up is whether leaving Phoenix's crack training staff would leave to the injuries that left most of his career unfulfilled. At 39, you wouldn't think Hill has much left in the tank, but he played like a 33-year-old last season, and can consistently hit from the outside and midrange.
9:10 a.m.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Lakers could be in the market for Delonte West and Josh McRoberts. Both make quite a bit of sense for L.A. West is a serviceable point guard with a history with Mike Brown who can hit from the perimeter and score off the dribble. He can play out of control from time to time, but with the ball in Kobe Bryant's hand so often, that likely won't be as much of an issue. The Lakers need to stretch the floor and shoot better from the outside, and West helps in those areas. McRoberts is an interesting idea. He's a grinder big. He doesn't have huge size, but he does manage to make key plays, has a little bit of a mid-range game and can rebound. It would be interesting to see Luke Walton waived and McRoberts signed in his place. (HT: IAmAGM.com)
  • There's mutual interest between McRoberts and the Grizzlies as well, according to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. The Grizzlies attempted to trade O.J. Mayo at the deadline for McRoberts, but the deal fell through when the trade could not be completed before the deadline passed. That was fortunate for Memphis since Mayo went on to be a major contributor in their playoff run. Mayo is not expected to be retained as part of the "core" for Memphis after his string of embarassing incidents last season including a fight on a team plane with Tony Allen over a gambling dispute, and getting busted for a banned substance he says he bought in an energy drink at a gas station.
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:38 am
 

Delonte West needs his health insurance

Posted by Royce Young

It tends to be forgotten that NBA players are real people with real lives and real families. They may have million dollar contracts, but they also have kids to feed and bills to pay. I know a lot of people never want to hear that type of stuff, but it is true.

For example, Delonte West tweeted this late Tuesday:



Thirteen dependents. Dang. West though wasn't kidding around. Earlier in the lockout he went to work at a moving company to make extra money. He applied at Home Depot and a few other places because evidently, he really needs money.

But again, this lockout is about to start hitting players. Tuesday was officially the first day 95 percent of the league missed a paycheck and with that, players are going to start feeling the effects of not getting paid. It's all part of the league's leverage in a lockout. It gets to withhold money, which is important.

And benefits, which are also apparently important.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: November 2, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Shaq describes Cavaliers pampering LeBron

By Matt Moore

Shaquille O'Neal's biography may wind up being the best-selling basketball biography of all time, simply because he tells enough dirt to get sales to an obscene level. After describing in detail his feud with Kobe Bryant (including saying he was going to "kill him") the latest excerpt leaked talks about another of the three superstars Shaq played with since 2000. This time, it's LeBron James. HoopsWorld has the excerpt: 
LeBron was a huge star. He was as big as I was in 2000 in L.A. when I was dominating the league. … Our coach, Mike Brown, was a nice guy, but he had to live on edge because nobody was supposed to be confrontational with LeBron. Nobody wanted him to leave Cleveland, so he was allowed to do whatever he wanted to do.

I remember one day in a film session LeBron didn’t get back on defense after a missed shot. Mike Brown didn’t say anything about it. He went to the next clip and it was Mo Williams not getting back and Mike was saying, “Yo, Mo, we can’t have that. You’ve got to hustle a little more.” So Delonte West is sitting there and he’s seen enough and he stands up and says, “Hold up, now. You can’t be pussyfooting around like that. Everyone has to be accountable for what they do, not just some us.” Mike Brown said, “I know, Delonte. I know.” Mike knew Delonte was right. …

I’m not sure if Kobe is going to listen to Mike Brown. LeBron never really did. Here’s what we do know: Kobe will definitely be in charge.
via NBA AM: Shaq Dishes on Kobe, LeBron | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors.

This isn't a huge shocker, it was well known that Cleveland had let James do what he wanted in Cleveland prior to "The Decision" making the choice to leave in the manner he did all the more infuriating. But Mike Brown being rendered incompetent by management or ownership is a disturbing sign. Shaq's assertion that Bryant will run things in L.A. does overlook a pretty significant element, which is Jerry Buss' son Jim Buss being in charge, and looking to move away from the Phil Jackson era, which was Kobe-centric, as much as possible. Brown has said that the new offense will be focused on post play, which means Andrew Bynum, Jim Buss' favorite. Of course, that could just mean that the same problem Brown faced with LeBron in Cleveland could come into play with Bynum in L.A.

O'Neal also touches on Dwight Howard, bringing up the Superman thing again, and simultaneously insulting, challening, and sympathizing with Howard. Let me be yet another in a long line of people to wish O'Neal would drop the Superman thing. The iconic character has been around for over 60 years, Howard's physical makeup and personal ethos are much more in line with the alien superhero, and Howard's "Superman" dunk was a pretty iconic representation. The war is over, sir, you ar the Hall of Famer. Move on.

(HT: SLAM)
Posted on: September 28, 2011 10:22 pm
 

Delonte West: I'm working at a furniture store

Posted by Ben Golliverdelonte-west

Free agent guard Delonte West, who spent last season with the Boston Celtics, has managed to wiggle his way into more than his fair share of headlines this summer. And now, after a lengthy and public search, he reports on Twitter that he's landed himself a new job.

West has spent the lockout summer working on a rap album, trying to explain why he arrested with multiple loaded weapons while riding a motorcycle, applying for a job at Home Depot, and contemplating selling knives. All the while, he's repeatedly made it clear that he's looking for work during the ongoing NBA lockout.

On Wednesday, West tweeted that he was applying for a position at Regency Furniture Showrooms, a furniture chain in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., because he "need[s] a second job to stay afloat during the lockout."

Later Wednesday, West tweeted: "I am now an official employee of Regency Furniture."

Regency's website describes the company as follows.
Regency Furniture Showrooms is a growing leader in home furnishings. With style and selections, as well as unbeatable prices, insures us to be on the cutting edge in the current market. Seven (7) stores conveniently located allow consumers the easy of access though out Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia area.

Regency Furniture sells living room, dining room, kitchen, office and bedroom furniture, along with mattress and accessories. Our consumers have the opportunity to take advantage of either store location pick up or delivery. Our first rate Delivery team offers a deluxe service that includes delivery, assembly, set-up and removal of packing materials. Extended services are also offered at each store location.

The fun part here is that West tweeted a photo of his job application. The application shows that West applied for a "stock" position, is ready to start work "yesterday," found out about the company through "word of mouth," and was looking for "full-time" work.
On the application, West does disclose that he has been convicted of a crime. Asked to explain what happened, West simply wrote that his gun arrest was the result of a "misunderstanding."

Here's a look at the Regency Furniture Showrooms employment application that West uploaded to Twitter.

delonte-west-regency
 
 
 
 
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